The West Coast RFU was formed in 1890, with clubs in the northern part of the union seeking independence and establishing Buller RFU in 1894. The two unions first met in 1895 and (as at 31/12/2014) have played each other in some 213 matches. The rivalry has been close, West Coast having a slight edge with 101 wins compared to Buller’s 97. There have been 15 draws.
The large number of matches between the two unions is no doubt a reflection of their geographical position, and reflects the difficulties faced by smaller and/or isolated unions.
West Coast and Buller compete for the Rundle Cup, presented in 1911 by Greymouth businessman William Rundle. Sadly he did not live to see many contests for his trophy, he was killed serving in France in World War I. The West Coast won the Cup on 29 August 2015.
Scorers Sept. 12 2009.
West Coast 26: J W Ward 2 tries, J Merrett 2 con., 4 pen.
Buller 20: M Kaloudigibeci, try, N J Thompson 5 pen.
The West Coast has produced eight All Blacks, and Buller six.
Buller: T Fisher, E C Holder, C McLean, W J Mumm, K S Svenson, R G Tunnicliff.
West Coast: S Bligh (Blight), H Atkinson, H Butland, J Corbett, D F E Freitas, G D M Gilbert, R R King, J Steel.