Manchester Park was a much happier hunting ground for the home teams this weekend as the Waimate Senior B’s, U18’s and U16’s all had convincing wins in their respective grades.
Senior B won 22 -6 over Pleasant Point, the U18’s won 41 – 12 over Harlequins and the U16’s defeated TBHS Blue by 25 – 5.
The U14.5 team continued their improvement this season despite losing to TBHS 32 -19.
Match reports will follow later in the week so make sure you check back before the next weekend.
Senior B into Final of Bottom Four
Waimate get the chance to reverse their last result against Old Boys when they meet in the Woods Cup Final (Senior B bottom four) at Alpine Energy Stadium No 2 at 11.30am this Saturday. The season record stands at 2 – 1 to Waimate and the last match was a narrow 3 point loss, so finishing the season with a 3 – 1 record would be the way to go!
Good luck to the B’s and they will appreciate all the support you can give them.
U18 vs Harlequins Match Report 41 – 12
The Waimate under 18 rugby side played Harlequins at home on Saturday. These two sides could potentially find themselves playing each other in a semi-final in a couple of weeks so this game would be one of interest to coaches and supporters. Waimate were keen to erase the memory of last week’s disappointing defeat to Mackenzie by putting on a solid performance against Harlequins. With only two games left in the regular season both sides would be looking to secure top form entering the playoffs.
Waimate were first to strike, first-five Bryce Shearer drew defenders and timed his pass to perfection putting Scott Willoughby in for the first try of the game. With a five point lead the home side would look to continue attacking relentlessly, putting the game out of reach early, however, Harlequins responded by gathering possession and holding Waimate in their own half. The away boys pressed for a long period, testing the Waimate defense and looking for gaps which they often found. Poor front up tackling in the Waimate back line caused issues but last ditch tackling attempts and good forward work kept the away side from gaining the lead.
After seventeen minutes, Waimate counter-attacked, rushing to the other end of the field and scoring. Hooker Trev Malloy finding his way over the line. A successful conversion held the score at 12-0.
The following ten minutes saw Waimate gather dominance, however struggled to flow neatly and really cut the opposition’s defence. After continuous pressure Waimate again scored, Josh Rumble scoring on the wing at the end of a quality line-out set piece. Before the half was finished Scott Willoughby also scored a second try which pushed the halftime score out to 22-0 to Waimate. The home side’s performance improving by the minute.
Although Waimate would look to press on in the second half and really put the points on, Harlequins let their intentions known scoring a well earned try after the restart. Waimate found themselves under the posts having to reflect on some more poor defence.
Waimate did however respond the way teams in finals need to respond scoring a try through centre Scott Willoughby again, rounding off his hat-trick.
Was this the try to put the nail in the coffin? No, Harlequins scored one more, replying with a well worked try, taking advantage of a little complacency.
This was a great game to watch with the try count increasing for both sides and possession flowing between each side but in the last twenty minutes of the game, Waimate held firm and closed the result out. Byrce Shearer scored a try breaking a number of tackles and finishing well. The game was wrapped up nicely with a late try from forward Colin Hawkins, his first of the season. Capitalizing on forward momentum. The end score read 41-12 to the home side. The score’s look being helped by some quality goal kicking from first-five Shearer.
Rainbow Dairy’s man of the match was awarded to prop Tom Kelynack with yet another impressive performance. Although there were a few players who stood out, Captain Tim Caird put on yet another dominant display and forward utility Rhys Morgan proved an important substitution coming on at blindside-flanker, helping the team solidify and regather composure.
Thank you to all of the supporter who came to watch the game, this Saturday Waimate play in Timaru against the Timaru Boys team who sit first on the championship table. The Waimate boys will look to inflict the first loss of the season on the Timaru side and also earn themselves a healthy position for the playoffs. Hope to see you all there.
U16 vs TBHS Blue Match Report 25 – 5
The Waimate U16 rugby team played what was potentially their last home game for the season when they hosted TBHS Blue on Saturday. The recent lack of form and injuries in key positions counted for little as Waimate launched straight onto attack from the opening whistle.
TBHS had no intention of shirking their work however, and following an early exchange of points the game descended into an arm wrestle. Waimate went to the break two tries to one up and the half-time pep talk obviously involved more of the same because the local boys went right back to their work on the resumption and started to increase the pressure.
The forwards were relentless, the two-off runners and support of the ball carrier eventually overwhelming the opposition and the resulting possession being put to good use by the backs. The hosts eventually ran out winners with the final score of 25-5 to Waimate reflecting the close rivalry between the teams. Stand-outs for Waimate were impossible to single out with a huge effort right across the park.