Posted by Graeme Culton on 06/05/2014
Waihi Senior A team turned in a patchy performance against lowly placed Whangamata on Saturday but still managed to come away with a comfortable 61-12 victory.... Played in near perfect conditions, Waihi, as in the previous week, started impressively with forwards and backs combining well running in five converted tries inside the first 30 minutes of play. A cricket score looked on the cards but to Whangamata's credit, they dug deep and were probably the better side in the 10 minutes before the half time break and continued their good form well into the second half, scoring 2 tries while keeping Waihi scoreless.
Some fresh legs off the bench seem to rejuvenate the Waihi team with the last 20 minutes being totally dominated by the Waihi side.
Players to benefit most from the big score line were ' back of the day', young half back Kyle Palmer, making his Senior A starting debut, running in 3 tries, while outside him Bradley Wilson, another young promising player landing 19 points from a try and 7 conversions. Team captain Adrian Holmes picked up 'forward of the day' with an outstanding loose forward display.
Overall a pleasing result with a win pushing Waihi up to 2nd on the points table, but coach Brad Freeman will be looking for a full 80 minutes with some tough challenges in the next few weeks.
Waihi won back the Ainsley Shield, a trophy up for grabs when these 2 sides meet in memory of a tragic accident in 1956, which claimed the lives of some of the Waihi players returning home from a rugby match.
Waihi Senior B's had a home game against Paeroa Old Boys, narrowly going down 20-24. The game was close throughout, Waihi leading midway through the 2nd half before Old Boys grabbed a couple of late try's to sneak in for a close win. With 6 players called up to the Senior A's side due to many injuries they have sustained, the Senior B's can be very proud of their efforts, with player numbers and depth being sorely tested.
Next week both teams play at home against 2 strong Waihou teams insuring a good afternoon of rugby entertainment. See you there.
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