Waimate coach Warren Rooney was relieved his side managed to repel a last ditch-effort from Geraldine in the dying minutes to win 18-15 at Manchester Park.
“When you’re up against Geraldine, you know it’s going to be a dogfight,” Rooney said.
The home side led 15-0 at half-time, thanks to tries from No 6 Richard Ford, flanker Dion Glennie and hooker Peter Little.
Waimate fullback George Williams kicked the only penalty goal in the match, but Geraldine clawed back into the match in the second half, with lock Aaron Coles, No 8 Quentin Cooper and prop Dan Cummings all scoring tries.
“We had an easy penalty goal attempt in the last couple of minutes, but we wanted to win it, so we attempted a push-over try. We couldn’t quite do it, but the guys played some good rugby,” Coles said.
Waimate remain in fifth place on the Hamersley Cup table, but are within spitting distance of Mackenzie.