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Gold FM Rugby Report with Mitre 10 Waihi

Posted by Graeme Culton on 28/07/2014

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Waihi's Senior B rugby team successfully capped off their season with a well deserved 14-11 win over Hauraki North and in doing so, taking out the Thames Valley Senior B championship.

Each time these two teams have met this season, the games have gone down to the wire and Saturday's game was no exception. Thames Rugby club hosted the finals day, and put on great weather and a good atmosphere which was enjoyed by the many Waihi supporters that went down to cheer on the Waihi team. North started slightly stronger and were rewarded with an early penalty goal. Both sides were using a good kicking game to gain field position and it was Waihi who scored a great try to no.8 Mark Baker, capping off some good team play between backs and forwards.

Matty Guptill converted the try for Waihi to take a narrow lead into the half time break.

With encouraging words from coach Colin Walker at half time, Waihi kept plying the pressure in the second half, and were rewarded with a try to Ashby Takimoana, who crashed over from a maul, after some stirling lead up work.

Matt Guptill again converted, to give Waihi some breathing space at 14-3. North's never say die attitude however, kept them trying to the end and they finally broke Waihi's great defence, scoring with only a minute left on the clock, but it would be too little too late for the North's side. With the referee blowing his whistle for full time, Waihi could celebrate their championship win.

The Senior club rugby seasons ends this Friday night, with prize giving, preceded by the annual Town versus Country game, with the Townies looking to reverse last years result.

Graeme Culton.

Shane van den Lowe taking the tackle, with Caleb Gray, Hjoze Manueline and Tom Mathis (obscured) in support

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