U18’s beat Mackenzie 20-8 in the competition final played at Pleasant Point on August 18th.
Great attacking first half to lead 13-3 and then an awesome defensive effort in the second half to shut Mackenzie out.
The South Canterbury under-18 rugby final was an arm wrestle between two country sides, but in the end Waimate managed to grab the silverware with an 20 – 8 victory over Mackenzie in an entertaining encounter.
Played at Pleasant Point Domain, Waimate opened strongly but then Mackenzie dominated for 50 minutes but could not get the points they needed, before Waimate scored a last-minute try to inflate the scoreline.
Waimate’s tries went to left wing Karl McFadden and centre Bryce Shearer with fullback Scott Willoughby landing both conversions and two penalties.
Mackenzie’s try went to srand-out player, utility back Geoff Chitty, who played at 10 and 15 as well as in the midfield.
Waimate’s best player on the day was Willoughby, who saved what appeared to be two certain Rams’ tries, one when Chitty tried to run over him and he cleverly stole the ball and counter-attacked. First five Rory Wilton also directed play well in an excellent all-round performance.
Loosie Tim Caird was the best of the forwards with some strong tackling especially around the fringes and was strong at the breakdowns.
Mackenzie’s bigger pack dominated at times, but the backs could not finish off, while centre Johnny Andrews also impressed.
Waimate manager Barry Caird said it was a great game, deserving of a final. “Both sides played very well and the score probably didn’t reflect how close it was.”
Congratulations to all players, coaches and supporters, well done everyone!
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