Waimate lose to Geraldine in entertaining match


Geraldine gave their home fans plenty to cheer about notching up their second win on the trot with an entertaining 35-19 win over Waimate.

It is long time since Geraldine have gone back-to-back at the Raukapuka Reserve, after taking the scalp of defending champions Celtic the previous Saturday.

At Geraldine the hosts got off to the perfect start when new English import Rory Vowles grabbed an intercept when they were hard on defence and sprinted 75m to score.

The 18-year-old looks to have some silky skills but fluffed the easy conversion before slotting a penalty midway through the half.

Vowles was in the action again when he delivered a good pass to flying winger Wisale Leiroti, who beat several defenders to score.

Waimate second five Matt Hayman got his side back into it with five minutes left in the half, when jinked his way to through from 20m out to score and William Saulala landed the conversion to make it 13-7.

Geraldine however were not done and a perfectly placed chip kick by Vowles saw second five Richard Harley fall on the ball to score.

Waimate however fought back with an excellent try to their replacement halfback Ryan Moffat, after the ball went through several sets of hands, and then hooker Tokoma’ata Fakatava brushed off Geraldine defence with a great run to have his side up 19-18, five minutes into the second half.

Geraldine however climbed back into the game as Waimate’s fitness waned.

A slick lineout move from close range saw hooker Marac Beckham score mid way through the half and they scored a second quickly again when Leiroti stretched the defence to snatch back the lead 28-19.

Replacement Dan Hall put the icing on the cake, with wing Taine Young adding the extras for a well deserved win.

For Geraldine Vowles was a standout with Harley also impressed in the backline.

No.8 BJ Oliver had a big game until he was carried off late with what looked a serious knee injury, while co-captain Craig Moore excelled in the lineouts.

Hooker Beckham had a great battle with Fakatava.

For Waimate Irishman Steven Smith had a big impact when he came off the bench and tried to rally his team, while Loni Toumohuni proved hard to handle but needed to be more involved.

The best of the Wallabies backs was halfback Dan Patterson, who later moved to fullback.

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Senior B

The Senior B’s continued their unbeaten season with their second draw, 15 all with Geraldine.

If they keep up the current pattern they should be in for a win next weekend at home against Mackenzie.

Not a big write-up but here are some match photos.