Waimate Seniors will have to look forward positively to dominating the bottom 4 section after Mackenzie sneaked ahead of Waimate on points differential to take fourth position in the Hamersley Cup.
Celtic beat Waimate 49-43 at Manchester Park in one of the better games of rugby to watch this season (except for the result), and Celtic coach Nigel Walsh praised both side’s efforts after a high-scoring match. Celtic scored eight tries to six, including a hat-trick to left-wing Aporosa Tabulawaki, and a brace to centre Tevita Latu.
Waimate first-five Miles Medlicott and centre Matt Hayman scored two tries apiece, while utility back George Williams kicked five conversions and a penalty.
Coach Warren Rooney was bitterly disappointed at his side’s failure to reach the semifinals.
“We did so well to score six tries against Celtic. We were hitting our straps, and I think we had enough depth in our squad to go further,” he said.
Senior: Waimate 43 lost to Celtic 49
Senior B: Waimate 26 lost to Celtic 27
U18: Waimate 54 beat Roncalli 0
U16: Waimate 29 beat Waitaki 15
U14.5: Waimate 17 lost to TBHS Cheetahs 22