Posted by Graham Culton on 03/07/2012
Waihi Senior A rugby team travelled to Thames on Saturday in a top of the table rugby clash in front of the Grass Roots Rugby TV cameras & the Thames Valley Selectors. Waihi were determined to erase the previous weeâ€™s disappointing loss to North by putting on a strong showing.
Thames started the stronger of the 2 sides dominating the set pieces & gaining field position. An early penalty followed by a converted try, pushed Thames out to a 10 nil lead before Waihi replied with a penalty goal. Thames scored another try, taking a 15-3 lead going into halftime.
Waihi brought on Conrad Williams into the front row and this seemed to shore up the scrum to allow Waihi to start getting some of their own dominance at scrum time. After a good period on attack, Waihi finally broke through the defences for a converted try to close the gap to just 5 points. Play see swaed from end to end, with both teams having scoring chances, but it was Thames who nailed a closing penalty goal to run out winners 18-10 denying Waihi of a valuable bonus point.
Special mention must be made of Ethan Palmer & Lewis Namana who stepped up from the Senior B side to help out due to so many injuries in the A side. Both had great games with Ethan earning player of the day in the backs & Te Ra Arthur earning the forward prize with another â€œlead from the frontâ€ effort.
With one round to play before semi finals, Waihi need to score a bonus point win over Cobraâ€™s next weekend at home & hope a couple of other results that weekend go their way to secure the vital 4th place semi final playoff spot. Get down to the Park on Saturday & help support the team to get through.
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