Cultsy's Waihi Rugby Scoop
Waihi’s senior rugby sides performed creditably again in the latest round of Thames Valley Rugby.
The Senior B side traveled to Whangamata to try and defend the coveted Ainsley Shield, a trophy which always brings out the best in both clubs.
Saturdays game was no exception, Waihi coming up just short 27-29. Trailing 22-5 at the halftime break the Waihi boys made a spirited comeback in the second half, but Whangamata were good enough to hold on to their narrow lead and lock the trophy away for the summer months.
The premier side traveled through the gorge to take on the new formed Paeroa Combined side, the team which had inflicted Waihi’s only loss of the season just two weeks ago. Waihi went into the game severely depleted with injuries, fielding only three fit front rowers and only three players to come on off the bench. This only proved to spur the team on with their under fire forward pack taking control early.
This go forward ball gave the fleet footed backline much more time than in previous weeks, with winger Jerome Hill benefitting, dotting down for a hat trick of tries before half-time. Loose forward David Carey also scoring giving Waihi a handy 26-0 lead at the break.
To coin a phrase from long term supporter Ross Cooper, the forward pack was “simply exquisite”, indeed a great and fitting compliment from the Ex All Black coach.
The defining moment in the match was probably the five minutes before the half time break, where Waihi were under the pump on their goal line. They repeatedly denied everything that Paeroa threw at them, keeping the line intact.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first. Front rowers Karl Douglas, Joel Street and Konrad Williams laying the platform up front. With plenty of chat between forwards and backs Waihi were on top of their game, running in a further five tries, two to fleet footed fullback Jesse Dodunski and one each to replacement midfielder Jethro Meares, Prop Konrad Williams and lock Dylan Horne.
A final score line of 53-0 showed Waihi’s total dominance.
This was probably the best 80 minutes the team has put together this year. In a superb team effort, special mention must be made to captain Matt Rolston who led his troops around the park by example.
Another tough road trip to Tairua. A win would go a long way to ensuring Waihi of a semi-final berth.
Written by Greme Culton.
Photo: Adrian Holmes and Reuben Meares following the teams 53-0 win over Paeroa.