Waimate showed composure in a 42-12 win over Old Boys in the opening round of the Hamersley Cup senior rugby championship.
Old Boys showed plenty of fight in the first half and led 12-11 at the break but lost their way in the second, losing a couple of players to injury, and conceding a yellow and red card, as they struggled with their tackling techniques, giving referee Mike O’Brien little choice.
Maturo Siaosi was unlucky – his no-arms effort followed an earlier warning, and a head clash made it look worse.
He was, however, given his marching orders and Old Boys were then lucky not to lose a third player, with the referee issuing another stern warning.
In the end Old Boys’ discipline cost them, but they are not the easybeats of past seasons.
Waimate’s Theo Davidson had a great game at first-five and showed he is also an accomplished goal-kicker, landing seven from eight attempts.
He landed an early penalty and then made a great break and put in the perfect cross kick for wing Richard Ford to score.
Old Boys wing Aden Young closed the gap with a try after a good build-up and Tyrone Hill’s conversion had it back to 8-7.
Davidson landed another penalty before a superb try from Old Boys that came from 60m out and went through several sets of hands from both backs and forwards before blindside flanker Kane-Paul Smith scored for the half-time lead.
Old Boys then lost Tofi Vaimauga to the bin and Waimate took advantage with a good bust by centre Jared Matthews, which resulted in halfback Matt Hayman scoring.
Loose forward Jamie Engelbrecht was next after a drive from a lineout and Davidson converted before adding a penalty for a 28-12 lead.
Siaosi then got his marching orders and Waimate finished in style with tries to wing Jade Halkett and Loni Toumohuni.
Toumohuni’s move from loose forward last season to second five provided a real winner, but Old Boys’ attempt to do the same with Doug Hill at centre flopped.
In the forwards, prop Toko Fakatava and No 7 Jacob Lightfoot impressed for the victors.
For Old Boys, loose forwards Smith and Junior Koliosio got through a power of work while Hill was the best of the backs until he went off with what looked like a dislocated shoulder.
Senior B kept their tryline uncrossed beating Old Boys 17 – 0.