Win crowns un­beaten sea­son

Kaikoura Star - - SPORT -

An un­beaten sea­son by a fit and fired up Whale Watch Kaik­oura se­nior rugby team pro­vided Kaik­oura’s sport­ing high­light of the year, with vic­tory in the Marl­bor­ough Di­vi­sion 2 cham­pi­onship fi­nal against Moutere in July.

The 43-22 win against a gal­lant Mag­pies team was the fit­ting cul­mi­na­tion to an im­pres­sive string of suc­cesses this year.

Early in the sea­son there was frus­tra­tion that the Waitohi and Har­lequins teams de­faulted after not trav­el­ling to Kaik­oura for games.

The Har­lequins se­nior A side was un­able to field a team in May after in­juries to their front row.

Another game, against Moutere, was cut short when the ref­eree was in­jured.

Coach Colin Timms said the team had set out to play open, at­tack­ing rugby this sea­son, and they cer­tainly achieved that in the fi­nal when they scored four tries in the first half against Moutere at Lans­downe Park, Blen­heim.

‘‘They are a good bunch of boys. It’s good for Kaik­oura. I’m proud of them; it’s been a good year,’’ he said.

Club chair­man Tony Anker said they were stoked at the re­sult, and also men­tioned the fan­tas­tic support the team had en­joyed.

‘‘When it came to the business end of the sea­son, ev­ery­one re­ally stepped up. Kaik­oura had huge support at Lans­downe Park and the boys de­liv­ered for them.

The team can be very proud of achiev­ing a clean sweep and man­ag­ing to se­cure five tro­phies along the way.

Some tire­less, ma­raud­ing at­tack­ing dis­plays from flankers James Hunt and Amoraki Cowan, and No 8 Dwayne Timms.

Props Steven Crudis and Phil Guthrie fea­tured of­ten in match re­ports, and be­hind the scrum first five Chris McDer­mott and mid­fielder Myles Hamil­ton — who also kicked the points — dic­tated play su­perbly.

In the fi­nal tries were scored by Liam O’Donoghue, cen­tre Fraser Sed­don and wing Dan An­der­son.

The Cray coast­ers kept the same squad of 22 in a sea­son with­out ma­jor in­juries, and that con­sis­tency was key to their high en­ergy brand of at­tack­ing rugby.

Marl­bor­ough champs: The Kaik­oura se­nior rugby team proved too good for all com­ers this year.

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