Cultsy's Waihi Rugby Scoop
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Posted April 29, 2019
Media Release: Graeme Culton
Both senior rugby sides had good wins in the latest rounds of Thames Valley club rugby. The Senior B’s travelled to Paeroa and kept their unbeaten record intact with a hard fought 32-26 win.
They are playing a great brand of attacking rugby and will be a tough team to dislodge from the top of the points table.
Playing at home the Senior A’s took the field against a confident Whangamata side who were after their first win for the season and also hold onto the coveted Ainsley Shield. The Waihi team is still struggling for numbers, the team only being confirmed on game day, A sad reflection on the success this team achieved last season.
Whangamata started the game strongly, quickly setting a strong platform up front, allowing their backs to take the early advantage. They scored three quick tries in the opening quarter to race out to a commanding 15-0 lead. To compound Waihi’s early troubles they lost two key forwards with both Jordan Crawford and debutant Mitchell Wilson carried off with bad knee injuries. With forward replacements very thin on the bench outside backs were forced into the forward pack and play in some unfamiliar positions.
This seemed to put a steely resolve into the team with the Waihi team dominating the later stages of the half. They were rewarded for their efforts with half back Carlos Roberts dotting down to keep Waihi in touch at half time. The home team needed to start the second half well. This they did with captain Reuben Meares leading the way scoring early to narrow the lead. Two further tries to centre Jerome Hill and fullback Brad Wilson pushed Waihi out to a 26-15 lead. Unfortunately a couple of sin bins cost Waihi their momentum allowing Whangamata back into the game.
With fifteen minutes left on the clock Whangamata took advantage of the extra man to score and close the gap to just four points and set up an exciting last quarter. Waihi held their nerve with try scoring machine Jerome Hill finishing the scoring with the try of the match beating several would be tacklers in a forty metre dash to the try line and give Waihi a well deserved victory.
A gusty effort from this Waihi team with many players finishing the game in positions very foreign to their starting positions. Players of the day went to winger come second rower Kyle Palmer and fullback Brad Wilson, both having strong games.
Next Saturday the Senior B’s enjoy a bye round, while the A’s do the road trip to Tairua, a team sitting near the top of the points table.