While the Senior & Senior B sides had a welcome break over Labour Weekend, the U18, U16 and U14.5 teams continued their seasons. The U18s suffered their first loss going down to TBHS by 13 – 21, as did the U14.5s losing to Harlequins 15 – 36, so it was left to the U16 team to fly the Waimate flag as they had a big win by 56 – 7 on the main ground at Manchester Park over Mackenzie.
U18 Match Report
On Saturday the Waimate under 18 side played Timaru Boys at home, a huge game in the season. Both sides entered the game undefeated, looking to edge ahead in the table. Waimate were a confident side but would face a huge task of containing a dominant Timaru Boys backline.
The game did not start well for the home side, Timaru Boys rushed forward on attack and scored in the first minute, a successful conversion put the Timaru Boys 7-0 up early, this would be a tough game. In the following few minutes Waimate worked their way back into contention with Scott Willoughby scoring a couple of penalties narrowing the lead down to one.
This hard work was undone though by a fantastic Timaru boys move, again the conversion was successful and on the 24th minute the score sat at 6-14 to the away side. Waimate were struggling and found themselves in a position they hadn’t been in for many games. Just before half time Timaru boys rounded off the half with another well earned try, another conversion put the away side well ahead, they would just need to close the second half out.
The second half started with Timaru Boys hitting the post from a penalty, and then missing another. Hooker Trev Malloy scored a try which put Waimate back into contention, Bryce Shearer slotted from the sideline. Timaru Boys however held out the home side beating them and ending a win streak that had lasted since last season. Rainbow Dairy’s man of the match was Captain Tim Caird. Thank you to the supporters, look forward too seeing you there next week.
U16 Match Report
With the Senior and JAB rugby grades having a weekend off, the Waimate U16 team played the curtain-raiser for the U18’s in front of a large crowd of supporters. Their opponents Mackenzie, however, had every intention of spoiling the party and went straight on the offensive from the opening whistle forcing the home team to defend their line for a period. It wasn’t long though, before the Waimate forwards began to crank into gear and once they got a head of steam up the whole team started to click with several tries ensuing.
The result should have been beyond doubt by half-time but in true country rugby style the Mackenzie boys came out firing after half-time and quickly scored a try signalling a much closer contest in the second half. Stirling efforts across the park such as a hat-trick of tries to loosie Thomas Hill and some great defence and scrum work from new prop Erin Wikaira and hooker Myles White saw the locals ease ahead with the final score 56-7.
A couple of photos from the U16s match and as per usual you can see a lot more on our Facebook page