U18s taste success in ongoing quest of the title

The Waimate Under 18 boys played at home last Saturday, against Geraldine. Waimate looked to press for more points in their race for the title this year, and Geraldine were not going to do their fellow country side and favours.

The game started and Waimate immediately pounced on attack and within a minute the teams were separated by seven points. Bryce Shearer scoring and then slotting a conversion from the sideline.

From this point Waimate never usually look back, in most games taking control of the game, working field possession and then forcing points but this game plan was not to be. Geraldine responded five minutes later with some sturdy defence and then a midfield bomb. The ball came crashing down and the ball was allowed to bounce. This momentary lapse in concentration resulted in a Geraldine try, a successful conversion levelled the sides and the game was set to be a good one.

Waimate gained the ascendancy once more and five minutes later Jake Wilson scored a wonderful try after brilliant work from hooker Trev Malloy, managing to offload the pass in the tackle. The conversion however just swung wide. Geraldine then fought their way back into the game and earned a penalty kick, to close the gap to just two. Unfortunately the kicker missed the opportunity. In the remaining ten minutes of the half, some brilliant ball retention and relentless attacks provided Waimate with two more tries to Scott Willoughby and Bryce Shearer. The score reading 24-7 at half time.

The next half would be a completely different story. After the halftime break the home side finally kicked into gear. Playing at their best, after wearing down Geraldine.

Within two minutes of the restart Bryce Shearer scored a penalty kick followed by another try from centre Scott Willoughby. On the fifteenth minute first-five Bryce Shearer completed his hat-trick of tries. Jake Wilson again found his way over the tryline and Bryce continued to pile the points on with another penalty kick. Captain Tim Caird scored a well earned try after another impressive performance and lock Jake Beemster was placed on the wing in the last few minutes for Waimate only to find himself finishing a well worked set piece and also getting in amongst the scoring. The final score read 70-7.

Rainbow Dairy’s man of the match was number eight Henry Bryce who throughout the game ran riot, gaining large meters and breaking tackles.

Thankyou to all of the supporters who came to watch.