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Celtic too strong for Waimate

Bugger !!

Defending champions Celtic will get a shot at their seventh successive Hamersley Cup title after demolishing Waimate 40-3 in their sudden death semi-final.

The convincing win means they will start favourites against Harlequins on Saturday in the grand final.

The Celtic pack proved to tough to tame for Waimate, who were starved of ball and appeared devoid of ideas when they had it.

It was always going to be an up hill battle for the country club but they would be disappointed to succumb with such a whimper.

Too may basic errors haunted Waimate but they did at times show some courageous defence.

Celtic got away to a perfect start at Alpine Energy Stadium when first five James Hawkey stepped his way through the defence from close range to touch down and then converted his own try.

A missed touch from a penalty then proved costly for Waimate as Celtic roared back at them and several line drives saw prop Garrett Casey crash over.

Midway through the half Theo Davidson got Waimate on the scoreboard with a penalty but then missed another six minutes later to leave the score at 12-3.

Celtic then went back on attack but were held up over the line.

Halfback Soasi Haukimia then spilled the ball as twisted around and attempted to dot down, as Celtic started to dominate proceedings.

Celtic then pushed Waimate off their scrum feed and two minutes later blind side Tom Fleming drove his way over for a 17-3 half time lead.

Waimate then spent the opening 10 minutes of the second half defending superbly but the writing was on a the wall.

Hawkey landed a penalty before Celtic blew a simple try but it mattered little as they ran in three more before Waimate were finally put out of their misery.

No.8 Kali Latu ran off the back of a 5m scrum untouched,

Hawkey then landed an impressive drop goal from 40m out with a howling southerly at his back.

Centre Steve Burt and prop Matt Fetu then finished off the try scoring to cap off what in the end was an impressive win.

For Celtic their front row of Casey, Fetu and hooker Jason Rooney were superb and backed up by hard working lock Will Jones.

Kali Latu was again at strong ball carrier in a pack that strangled Waimate up front.

Hawkey had a very good game at first five directing play well while outside him Vai Leopolamo stepped the defence several times and set up a couple of the tries.

Waimate’s best included prop Tokoma’ata Fakatava, who kept trying until the end, while lock Tom Dwyer worked hard in a well beaten pack.

Second five Miles Medlicott defended well and tried to create something but simple errors meant Waimate could not get any momentum.