Posted by on 26/05/2014
Waihi rugby enjoyed one of their better days when both sides came away with victories against their rivals at Waihi's Rugby Park on Saturday.
In the early game against 2nd placed Thames, Waihi's Senior B side came from 16 - 7 down with just 10 minutes to play to run in 2 tries to Ethan Palmer and claim a last minute victory. The final score was 17-16 in a game that produced some entertaining rugby.
Waihi fully deserved their win, but might just miss out on a top 3 finish by the barest of margins. Coach, Colin Walker is blending a good winning culture into this team and all bodes well for the rest of the season.
In the main encounter in front of a very large vocal crowd, Waihi took on long standing rivals Paeroa West A team. Waihi has not tasted much success against the Paeroa team over the last 2 decades. West were desperate for a bonus point victory, whilst Waihi knew a single bonus point would be enough to put them through to the top 6 team championship round.
Paeroa West produced a huge pack of forwards and a solid back line and it was through their big forwards that they managed an early try by simply rumbling over the try-line. Things looked dubious, but Waihi finally got some possession and with their far more mobile forward pack starting to take control, they produced some great ball for Waihi's backs to show some good form.
Waihi completely dominated the middle period of play racing out to 22 - 5, with 2 tries to Cam Irvine, with Sam Cooper and captain, Adrian Holmes also dotting down. West's big men were struggling with the pace of the game, with Waihi adding 2 more tries by TeRa Arthur and replacement player Rikki Vendt, to run out convincing winners 36 - 10.
Coaches Brad Freeman and Shaun McCain will be rapt with their teams performance, finally getting 80 minutes of the rugby they have been asking for. In a great team performance, Cam Irvine and Mark Richardson had their best games of the season and picked up 'Player of the Day' awards.
Waihi finish the round next week with a bye - ending up in 3rd place on the points ladder. With points starting again for the top 6 team championship round, some great rugby is coming up over the next few weeks, with Waihi hoping to get some of their injured players back for this important part of the season.
Â report and photo supplied by Graeme & Kim Culton - Culton Builders, Waihi Beach.
From left to right Mark Richardson,Cam Irvine, TeRa Arthur, Konrad Williams,Scott Gee( playing his last game for Athletic before heading overseas) Zac Te Wake, Adam Ryan, Sam Cooper ( obscured).
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