Senior v Geraldine: 44 – 12
Waimate consolidated their third place on the table with a good win over Geraldine.
Waimate certainly played entertaining rugby against Geraldine, scoring six tries.
Halfback Theo Davidson was key racking up 19 points through a try, two penalties and four conversions.
Second five Jarred Matthews and fullback Jackson Henshaw played well, with the latter scoring a nice try down the touchline as he stood the defenders up.
Loose forwards Simon Bleeker and Richard Ford got through a lot of work, while Scott Buckingham had his usual strong game.
Senior B v Geraldine: 20 – 39
The home advantage didn’t help as the B’s lost to Geraldine for the second time this season, going down 20 – 39 in this round.
U18 v Harlequins: 49 – 0
Saturday saw the Waimate under 18 boys play Harlequins at Alpine Energy Stadium. Waimate looked to continue their unbeaten start to the season, last week’s hard fought win over Mackenzie would be a huge confidence boost going into the game.
Six minutes in and it was Waimate who drew first blood, Scott Willoughby using a burst of speed to beat several defenders and score in the corner. Waimate had huge amounts of possession and played ninety percent of the first half in the opposition’s half. Waimate were dominant but were being contained, the Harlequins defence standing strong.
After a quarter of the game Scott Willoughby scored three more points with a penalty goal. Harlequins didn’t look like scoring and the long periods of defending were beginning to take their toll. Scott Willoughby yet again scoring off of a wonderful lineout set piece. Hard work from the Waimate forwards were keeping the game strongly in the away side’s favour. Rhys Morgan, Fred Sutton and Dan Chapman all arching over the tackled player and stealing the ball away. This kind of scavenging was keeping the boys in blue in control.
When Harlequins forced their way out of their own half and began gaining momentum, their hearts were broken. Scott Willoughby producing a wonderful intercept and ran sixty meters before dotting down. Bryce Shearer also scoring a well earned try before the half finished at 29-0.
The second half started much the same, Fred Sutton again proving a menace at the breakdown forcing errors. Harlequins constantly lost ball and Bryce Shearer capitalized again scoring another good try. Scott Willoughby scored another three points thanks to a penalty goal before prop Tom Kelynack scored a try.
As Waimate rolled on the subs the game began to get more even. Harlequins started building phases and testing the Waimate defence. The boys in blue stood strong scoring through Bryce Shearer before the final whistle. Overall it was a comprehensive win for the away side, a dominant display deserved of all of the points.
Rainbow Dairy’s man of the match was Fred Sutton, his near perfect display crucial in the team’s overall performance. Thanks to all of the supporters who came to watch, look forward to seeing you there next week
U16 v St Kevins: 30 – 7
Waimate U16 rugby team hosted St Kevin’s on Saturday. The visitors, who had been struggling all season, had been bolstered during the week by withdrawing their U18 team and blending some players into the U16’s so the stage was set for a battle royal.
True to recent form, the local boys were slow to start and the visitors made every effort to capitalise but some excellent first-up tackling held them out and eventually the Waimate forwards began to assert some dominance and strangle the St Kevin’s possession. The relentless effort began to achieve results as the visitors gave away a couple of tries, unable to repel the repeated pick-and-go from the Waimate front eight.
Half-time provided little respite for St Kevin’s, an excellent solo try from Caleb Matthews from a re-start issued notice that the backs were not to be outdone. The hosts had the bit between their teeth by now and eventually ran out 30-7 winners, the only black mark being a soft try given away to the visitors. Big “ups” for the entire forward pack setting the platform for the win.
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