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Waimate draw with Harlequins after sideline conversion unsuccessful

Harlequins blew a 22-7 halftime lead to draw with Waimate 22-all, after number 8 Steve Smith scored in the last minute from a dominant Waimate scrum, with Steve Horan’s sideline conversion just missing.

“We had a fantastic first half, the guys played exactly how we wanted but in the second half we did the exact opposite and went away from our game plan,” Harlequins coach Gareth Burgess said.

Burgess said Waimate really took it to them in the second half.

“Full credit to them they played really well and didn’t let us get past halfway.”

Winger Sireli Buliruarua played well to score a double, while Joseteki Veikune and Leone Nawalu filling in at openside flanker had strong games for Harlies.

Waimate coach Barry Caird said it was a great comeback by his troops.

“The forwards were superb in the second half, they played incredibly well.

“We’ve welcomed some players back and that’s really helped us in the last few weeks.”

Their best was the whole forward pack and Loni Toumohuni at second five.

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Senior B

The B’s lost 8 – 12 on a miserable day for rugby to leave them one point adrift of Halequins in 5th place with one round to play, so will be looking for a second win over Celtic for the season next week and other results to help them out to get them into the semis.

U16 Boys

Round cancelled due to weather.

Waimates does Point a favour in Hamersley Cup

Waimate win in Fairlie

Apologies for delay but Facebook has been crashed for 2 hours and unable to post the scores, so for those of you checking the website read on!

It will be an enjoyable trip home for the Waimate players and supporters from Fairlie after winning 2/2 at Strathconan Park.

The Seniors pulled off the massive upset of the round beating Mackenzie 34-32 in a tight battle while the Senior B’s also had a battle winning 24 – 17.

At Strathconan Park Irish import Steve Horan proved the unlikely hero for Waimate slotting the sideline conversion after regular kicker Mosese Aho had been substituted.

Few in the Waimate side even knew the halfback could kick but his match winning conversion would also have been cheered loudly at Pleasant Point as it keeps their slim top four chances alive.

It was a big battle between the two country sides with no-one dominating.

For Waimate second five Loni Toumohuni was outstanding, while his midfield partner Aho also impressed.

In the forwards lock Jamie Engelbrecht has made a welcome return to the side after transferring back into the province.

The Rams best were centre Setafano Sauqaqa, who had a great battle with Aho, halfback Thomas Mulligan and lock Andrew Scarlett.

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The U16 Boys also improved against TBHS Bobcats going down 17 – 28 after conceding 45 pts in the first round. So a good day for Waimate and the teams will look to cause upsets next week when at home at Manchester Park against Harlequins.

 

Game of two halves as Seniors fail to hang on

Waimate Senior Bs v Geraldine

Waimate Senior Bs v Geraldine on the way to tryline in comprehensive win.

The upset looked on at Manchester Park when Waimate led Geraldine at half time but the hosts couldn’t hold, going down 31-27.

In Waimate, Geraldine had to overcome a 22-5 deficit, with 30 minutes left.

In the end it was the substitutes bench that got Geraldine home with loosies Blake Snow and Andrew Gooden making a big impact.

BJ Oliver was also a stand-out, playing No.8 but throwing well into the line-outs, while lock Craig Moore had another solid performance.

Nineteen-year-old Reuben Fisher also caught the eye in only his second senior game at halfback.

Waimate will have been disappointed they could not hang on in a game of two halves.

Their best were lock Nick Mercer, halfback Steve Horan and wing Gus Patterson, in his first start for the senior side.

Simon Bleeker also played well at both hooker and openside.

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Gus Patterson

Gus Patterson for the Seniors

Senior B

Waimate came away with a comprehensive 34 – 17 win and plenty keep smiling about in the clubrooms.

Michael Pankhurst

Michael Pankhurst on the charge for Senior Bs

Seniors lose Steve Johnson Memorial despite halftime lead.

At Manchester Park Waimate were good enough to lead 19-15 at halftime but couldn’t hang on when Pleasant Point found another gear.

For Pleasant Point Jeff Pierce impressed in his 100th game for the Mud Dogs, including scoring a try, while his locking partner Luke Brice also had a very good game.

In the backs centre Josh Robson another very good game, while loose forward Mana Taylor grabbed two tries. 

For Waimate their new Irish halfback Steve Horan made an immediate impression with two tries in an excellent allround performance while front rower Tokoma’ata Fakatava again played well again as did Darragh Bellanova.

Mosese Aho also returned for Waimate after a injury break, which was a big bonus.

Pleasant Point 46 (Mana Taylor 2, Jeff Pierce, Josh Robson, Don Farmer, Bradley Tegelaars, Josh Bradley try, Tegelaars pen, 4 con)  Waimate 26 (Steve Horan 2, Steve Smith, Loni Toumohuni try, William Saulala 3 con)

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Senior B

Another close match going down to competition leaders Pleasant Point by 13 – 18 after beating them in the first round.

U16 Boys

The boys lost  17 – 31 to TBHS Lions, but continue to be competitive in this grade and are close to causing some upsets.

Poor results on trip to Magpie Country

Jah Taupo scores Waimate's only try

Jah Taupo scores Waimate’s only try as Temuka easily ran up the biggest score of the season, thrashing Waimate 87-5, with wing Kalavini Leatigaga scoring six of the Magpies 13 tries.

Leatigaga’s try scoring efforts were just one of the South Canterbury club record, held by former Magpie Alistair Stevenson, who dotted down seven times against Mackenzie in 1988.

The Magpies flew past Waimate, racking up what is believed to be a record defeat, against the hapless side. 

Waimate had no answer anywhere for Temuka, who even held strong when their defence was tested.

Leatigaga was the stand-out with his six tries and three conversion, for a personal haul of 36 points, while fellow backs Tenari Saumani and Jimi Mookkaiah both got doubles.

Substitute prop Jah Taupo got Waimate’s only try.

A break for Queens Birthday will hopefully help the injury front, with several of the Senior B’s having to step up in both games. Thanks guys.

 

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Senior B

It was always going to be a tough battle after the first round match finished in a 12 all draw, and so it proved.

After a fast start for Temuka scoring twice in the opening minutes, Waimate could only keep coming back but a strong Temuka defence led them to a 24 – 12 win despite a scoreless second half for Temuka who had led by 24 – 7 at halftime.

U16

U16 travelled to Oamaru where they came away with their first win of the season by 57 – 26 over Waitaki Boys. Next weekend they play Roncalli in the only match at Manchester Park while the senior sides have a weekend off so get along and support the boys.