Posted by Graeme & Kim Culton on 19/05/2014
Waihi's Senior A rugby teams long road trip to Whitianga on Saturday ended in disappointment with a narrow 13-15 loss to Mercury Bay.
The day did not start as planned with Waihi's bus breaking down on the Kopu Hukuai hill, meaning an hours delay before the team could carry on their journey to Whitianga .
This did not seem to disrupt the team too much but it was the Mercury Bay side who came out firing, tearing into their work and keeping Waihi pinned inside their half for the first quarter, landing 3 penalties goals before Waihi finally settled into their game, getting some field position, and allowing flanker Adam Ryan to touch down for a well deserved try. With the half time score at 12-8 in Mercury Bays favour,
Waihi were well in the game, but again, failing to use the strong breeze at their backs, their kicking game deserted them and it was not until the final few minutes that Waihi looked like scoring, but sadly it was too little to late. Overall Mercury Bay were more hungry for the win, needing to win their last 2 games to secure a top 6 position for the second round.
Waihi will be disappointed with their play, and most of the backs had a day they would rather forget, but again injuries took their toll and another 2 backs were forced to leave the field with serious injuries, leaving a total of 6 would be starting players forced to watch from the sideline. Regan McCowatt stood out in a solid forward pack with Louis Namana making a difference when taking the field, taking back of the day award.
A big day at home against Paeroa West next Saturday where at least a draw or a bonus point is vital to secure their top 6 position.
The Senior Bs kept the Waihi flag flying with a big 70-3 win away to Ngatea. Although Ngatea are struggling near the bottom of the points table, Waihi put on a polished display crossing for many tries with a host of players featuring on the scoreboard.
They also have a home game this weekend facing 2nd placed Thames, with a top 3 spot in this grade up for grabs.
Thames Valley Results:
Paeroa WestÂ 27Â NgateaÂ 18
WhangamataÂ 11Â WaihouÂ 31
Mercury BayÂ 15Â WaihiÂ 13
ThamesÂ 18Â Hauraki NorthÂ 25
ThamesÂ 27Â WaihouÂ 0
CoromandelÂ 20Â Hauraki NorthÂ 0
Paeroa Old boysÂ 26Â CobrasÂ 15
NgateaÂ 3Â WaihiÂ 70
DruryÂ 5Â Hauraki NorthÂ 59