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Waimate shock Harlequins in Hamersley Cup

Harlequins fullback Paula Fifita is tackled by his opposite number George Gibson. Waimate pulled off a 22-13 win.

Harlequins fullback Paula Fifita is tackled by his opposite number George Gibson. Waimate pulled off a 22-13 win.

Waimate is flying high after a superb defensive effort kept Harlequins at bay in the Hamersley Cup.

The nature of the 22-13 win has again breathed life into the competition with two rounds left to play.

Celtic have however confirmed top spot in the play-offs after beating Mackenzie 32-7 in Fairlie.

They are hunting their seven consecutive title and it would be a brave man to bet against them as they maintained their unbeaten record.

It appears the three teams fighting for second spot will not be decided until the final round robin game.

Temuka romped home 47-19 against Pleasant Point to go into outright second spot, a point clear of Waimate, with Harlequins three points further back.

The Magpies travel to Waimate on Saturday so there will be plenty of interest in that match-up.

Harlequins had been favoured but again their big ball players failed to come to the party on Saturday.

Waimate dominated the first 20 minutes and scored two excellent tries, the first to centre Miles Medlicott with a clever inside outside run to leave the defence scrambling.

The second went to wing George Gibson when he grabbed a cross kick, which saw him facing his own line, but turned and did all the hard work to sneak over and Theo Davidson added the conversion for a 14-0 lead.

Scott Norton then landed a penalty after Harlequins had a sustained period on attack that saw Waimate’s Tom Dwyer yellow carded for team infringements.

A man down didn’t stop Waimate who were in again before the break with clever 9-10-8 move off the base of the scrum that saw Loni Toumohuni score to make it 19-3.

After the break Davidson added an early penalty before Harlequins woke up.

Waimate’s brilliant defence however held them at bay over sustained period.

While halfback Scott Norton managed to sneak over Waimate held three others up over the line as they desperately held on.

With 15 minutes left Harlequin’s fullback Paula Fifita got over but that was as close as they got.

For Waimate locks Dwyer and Arthur Dyer had good games while Toumohuni was the stand-out in the pack.

The midfield of Kurt Rooney and Medlicott also defended very well and attacked the Harlequins line.

For Harlequins Nathan Tubb and Tui Tauelangi had strong games while first five Zane Sanders tried to ignite his backline and was held up twice over the line.

The game was well refereed by Mike O’Brien, who also celebrated his 100th senior game.