The clash at Temuka Domain was an absolute thriller, two tries in the last five minutes and a difficult Theo Davidson conversion saw Waimate and Temuka tied 45-45 at the end of regulation time.
The last time a semifinal was decided in extra time was in 1994 when Point scored a try to beat Mackenzie 14-9.
Waimate’s win sees them face Pleasant Point for the chance to face Celtic in the July 30 decider.
No further points were scored in the 10 minute period of extra time so Waimate went through on the more tries rule, out scoring the home side seven tries to six.
The match in Temuka was one for the record books with Waimate prevailing despite the scores being tied.
The visiting side started with a hiss and a roar, but once the black-and-white hooped Temuka side found their groove, it was one-way traffic for 50 minutes.
Ahead 37-12 at halftime it looked as though Temuka were heading to the next round but some one forgot to tell Waimate.
“We fronted up for the final fifteen minutes and then the 10 minutes in extra time,” Waimate coach Willy Guyton said.
“The guys were flat, I could tell that they were not up for the match when we were warming up, but during the match they just seemed to flick the switch.”
Guyton said they knew the try scoring rule was in their favour if there was no points scored in extra time.
“I told the guys that and they defended really well.”
Guyton labelled Junior Faavae and returning halfback Tenari Saumani as Temuka’s best.
“The pair of them were absolutely outstanding.”
Temuka coach Dave Fisher was devastated for his side.
“We have been ticking away for the last couple of years, forming a really good squad and it just wasn’t to be. It’s a bit disappointing to go out that way but all credit to Waimate they hung in there and managed to get back in the match.”
Fisher said they clicked into gear nicely but discipline cost them at certain stages.
“We had three yellow cards but we gave penalties away at the wrong time.”
He said the impact Southland Stags midfield back Kieran Moffat and Jared Matthews had in the final fifteen minutes, were massive for Waimate.
“They cut us open towards the end. They were class.”
Waimate 45 (Jared Matthews 2, Matt Hayman 2, Colin Ryan 2, penalty try, tries; Theo Davidson 4 con, Shane Airey con) Temuka 45 (Junior Faavae 2, Rupeni Cokanasiga, Paula Fonokalafi, Joeli Kotobalavu, Tenari Suamani, tries; Taleni Tiai 3 pen, 3 con) HT: 12-37.
To make it easier for the club to manage, the B’s forfeited their home ground advantage and travelled to Geraldine to play which was also much easier for the reserves doubling up for the senior match in Temuka. The travel didn’t phase them running out the winners in a tight contest by 17 – 13 (or 20 – 13 waiting on official score), before all jumping on the bus and heading to Temuka for a shower.
Well done guys.
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