Temuka finally put together an 80 minute performance to squeeze past Waimate 25-23, defending well and showing good discipline to close the game out in the final quarter against Waimate.
Waimate would be disappointed after battling hard to be ahead by 20 – 17 at halftime, but in the second half they failed to get any momentum going and each time they got into the right end of the field they either conceded a penalty or lost the ball just as they were beginning to build any pressure on Temuka.
For the Magpies wing Rupeni Cokanasiga had a great game, including scoring a brilliant individual try, but despite a couple of great individual efforts by Temuka, Waimate would feel more that they let themselves down by not executing their own play more accurately. Waimate’s best in an average display were openside Aaron Clarke and centre Jared Matthews.
Waimate still remain within striking distance of the top four but that could all change with two games left in the first round so need to get a lot better results against Celtic and Pleasant Point in the final rounds.
After a tight first half battle with the Waimate leading by only 13 – 7 at halftime, the second half continued in similar fashion although more tries were scored as the game opened up with Waimate convincing winners in the end winning 32 – 24 after the final try had helped them get back out to 2 try territory for the opposition.
Now that the squad is growing, and medics can stay as medics the Senior Bs should be looking towards top placings at the playoff stages.
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