The final round of the Hamersley Cup went down to the wire with hosting rights for the semi-finals up for grabs.
At Pleasant Point the home side looked to have finally grabbed a morale-boosting win until Waimate’s converted try gave them a 36-33 win.
Waimate therefore remained a competition point ahead of Harlequins and will host them in the sudden-death semi at Manchester Park.
At Pleasant Point the hosts were without seven regular starters and had coach Graham Sharp stripped.
Waimate started well with two quick tries but then Pleasant Point held on to the ball and ran straight and it was game on.
In the end, the Mud Dogs were unlucky to lose, with stand-out games from prop Ben Hewitson and front rower turned loose forward Jeremy Cunningham.
Sean Rawiri also had a good game on the openside, while John Peeters put in his usual strong performance in the midfield.
For Waimate, number 8 Mosese Aho put in an excellent performance and scored two tries, while Miles Medlicott and Jared Matthews were solid in the midfield.
Waimate lost in injury time to Pleasant Poiny 22 – 16 and now have the task of travelling back to Pleasant Point this coming weekend to reverse the scoreline, but will no doubt be working hard on the tackling bags this week after defensive lapses let Pleasant Point take the match from Waimate’s grasp right on fulltime.