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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.

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

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.

Round 2 under way with win to Seniors

Stephen Smith dots down for one of his 3 tries.

Stephen Smith dots down for one of his 3 tries.

The wooden spoon battle seems likely to come down to bonus points over the next six weeks after Waimate beat Old Boys 46-27, running in eight tries to four.

Waimate also beat Old Boys 50-23 in the first round but were then stripped five competition points for using a player who was not registered , while Old Boys were gifted their five points when Mackenzie did something similar.

Old Boys led 17-15 at halftime at Manchester Park but injuries to key players in second half upset their cohesion as Waimate upped the ante.

The Blues also let in a couple of late soft tries to inflate the score.

Waimate’s best were 18-year-old tight head Taine Tangiora, their steam rolling front rower Toko Fakatava and Irishman Steve Smith, who scored three tries from No.8. Blind side Cory Hollister also had an excellent.

For Old Boys halfback Glen Sturgess grabbed a couple of tries while Sam Bland also impressed.

Veteran Jarrid Cooper showed some deft touches on the wing scoring one try and setting up another.

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Senior B’s

The B’s kept their record up over Old Boys with a resounding 61 – 14 victory to take maximum points but did lose their halfback for the day, Chucky Sew How out for the season, but a couple of others never looked like they had been away.

Harlequins had too much Fijian firepower out wide for Waimate

Waimate leading players

At Alpine Energy Stadium Harlequins had too much Fijian firepower out wide for the Waimate Seniors but could not quite shake them off eventually winning 40 – 20.

Waimate wing Will Saula landed an early penalty but Harlequins replied with three first half tries to lead 19-3 at the break.

Harlequins second five Vatilia Tora was a key figure, slicing through some poor defence to score, and then making a break that right wing Leone Nawalu finished off, as well as adding both conversions.

On the stroke of halftime left wing Maile I’Ongi scored after a good run from himself and lock Joseteki Veikune.

The second half proved a much more entertaining spectacle.

Waimate blind side Stefan van Leeuwen scored early after the ball went through several sets of hands, to close the gap to 19-8.

Unfortunately less than a minute later the Waimate defence was found wanting when fullback Sireli Buliruarua stepped his way through and Tora added the  conversion.

Tora was in the action again five minutes later when he broke free to score, and his conversion put Harlequins out to an unassailable 33-8 lead.

Waimate however showed plenty of spirit to press again and van Leeuwen grabbed his second try.

Harlequins were however willing to throw the ball around and I’Ongi grabbed his second before Waimate had the final say with a try to openside Tim Caird.

For Harlequins it was hard to go past Tora as man of the match as his set the backline alight while veteran I’Ongi also impressed.

Front rowers Nathan Tubb and Timaru Tafa had strong games while No.8 Kamal Tackney and Veikune also played well.

The Waimate pack also tried hard with Toko Fakatava and Simon Bleeker carrying the ball well, while Irish No.8 Stephen Smith never gave it away.

Van Leeuwen also put in an honest 80 minutes while in the backs second five Mile Medlicott was tidy and wing Jade Halkett ran hard with limited opportunities.

Final Score Waimate 20 lost to Harlequins 40.

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Senior B

The Senior B’s were again undone in the final minutes of the game when not able to maintain possession and close out the match. Leading 40 – 38 they conceded a try after turning the ball over near the Harlequins 22 and Harlies managed to finish the next plays without error as Waimate almost held on, but finally lost 40 – 42.

A great game (bar the result) and keeps this competition well and truly alive.