Waimate earn victory over Geraldine in scrappy affair

After a strong showing against the defending champions Celtic, in week one, Waimate earned a 22-18 victory at Geraldine.

It was the second narrow loss in a row for Hamish Drennan’s Geraldine team, after a last-gasp penalty saw them lose by two points to Mackenzie in the opening round.

Waimate assistant coach John Clunie said his team “got the possession we needed” which gave their backs the opportunity to use width in their attack, but errors at crucial times cost them more try-scoring opportunities.

“We had the edge on them in the backs but when we got it wide, the last pass always let us down.

“It was a pretty scrappy game that we could have won by more, but credit to [Geraldine] they scrambled well and got guys in between us to stop our attack.”

Clunie said first five-eighth Miles Medlicott ran a good ship, while hooker Simon Bleeker was strong around the field.

Drennan paid tribute to his loose forwards for keeping his team in the game but said “12-year-old schoolboy errors” hurt in the final washup.

Senior B

Unfortunately the Senior B’s couldn’t come up with an away victory as well, losing 13-22 to Geraldine.