At Alpine Energy Stadium front rower Darren Strange led Waimate out as he notched up his 100th game for Waimate Seniors.
Senior v Harlequins 12 – 48 (Loss)
Unfortunately there were few celebrations for ‘Dazza’ . Waimate did mix it with Harlequins, but their finishing was clinical inside the 22.
Up three converted tries to one at halftime, Harlequins remained relentless against a side that has top four aspirations.
Harlequins lock Grant McLauchlan scored after some good work from the forwards and Scott Norton added the conversion.
Waimate missed a penalty but Harlequins were in front of the kicker at the restart, and from the scrum a perfectly placed Miles Medlicott chip was collected by centre Matt Hayman, who scored.
Harlequins were next to score in similar circumstances to the first with prop Timaru Tafa getting over and Norton adding the extras.
Blindside Max Nelson added Harlequins next when the 19-year-old muscled his way over from close range with Norton landing his third conversion for a 21-5 lead.
Early in the second half, No7 Eric Smith went over for the bonus-point try after a good buildup.
With 8 minutes gone, fullback Kane Lewis made a great run and a perfect pass put wing Zane Sanders away.
Waimate kept trying and were rewarded when centre Simon Proudfoot made a great break and fullback Jakson Henshaw went over to give the visitors some respite.
Theo Dawson’s conversion made it 31-12 but Harlequins were not done, with halfback Norton, hooker Alan Akurangi and Tafa grabbing his second.
For Harlequins, Nelson had a huge game and was well supported by fellow loose forwards Smith and Craig Miller.
Tafa was superb with some punishing runs and a big work rate.
Maile I’Ongi worked hard at centre while Lewis played very well at the back.
For Waimate, hooker Peter Little had a good game as did No7 Richard Ford while Proudfoot was the standout in the backs.
Senior B v Harlequins 22 – 60 (Loss)
Despite scoring the best try of the match with a scything run from 75m out, Waimate had too big a hill to climb in the early game at Alpine Energy.
U14.5 v Waitaki Gold 27 – 10 (Win)
The U14.5s continued their improvement this season notching up their second win, and this will keep them encouraged as the season goes forward.