Posted by Graeme Culton on 28/04/2014
Waihi Senior A travelled to Thames on Saturday to take on an undefeated Thames team.
Playing into a brisk breeze in the first half, Waihi completely dominated this period of play. However with only an 8-0 lead at halftime this dominance was not reflecting on the scoreboard. Waihi's forwards were finding many gaps in the Thames defence, allowing good clean ball for the backs to get the ball out wide and create many scoring opportunities. Sadly many of these chances were lost with the last pass going astray or a dropped ball letting Thames off the hook.
Waihi's horror injury toll grew further with key backs, Jacob Seymour ( shoulder) and Harrison Madsen ( knee) leaving the field during the first half, both facing a few weeks on the sidelines. With these disruptions, play became scrappy in the 2nd half, but Waihi kept control to run out winners 19-10, a score line which could have been a lot bigger with a little more luck. Forward player of the day, Brett Ranga dotted down 2 tries with Mark Richardson and Brad Wilson sharing the penalty kicks. Zac Te Wake picked up 'back of the day' with a sound display at first five/eight. Overall a good result with Waihi moving up to 3rd place on the points table with a top 6 position just about assured. Their back strength will be extremely tested over the coming weeks with now up to 8 players on the injury list.
The Senior B's kept their title hopes alive with a gutsy 27-25 win over a strong Hauraki North side. Waihi got off to a strong start jumping out to a good early lead. North came back strongly to grab the lead mid way through the 2nd half, but Waihi responded to run out deserving winners.
Next Saturday Waihi A's travel to Whangamata and the Snr B's are at home playing Paeroa Old Boys.
Special thanks to Match Day sponsor- Waihi Commercial Hotel.
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