ON TOP OF THEIR GAME

Waihi Leader - - Front Page - By GRAEME CULTON

Waihi Ath­letic Rugby Club cel­e­brated its finest day in many years when both se­nior sides took out first round honours in their re­spec­tive Thames Val­ley se­nior grades.

The Se­nior As had al­ready clinched the Sil­cock shield early this month, but the Bs had to top­ple sec­ond place Thames to take out the Elders Cup on home grounds.

The team did this with a 52-12 score line and in do­ing so earned pro­mo­tion to the next round.

In front of a large and vo­cal crowd, both sides were pre­sented their tro­phies at the con­clu­sion of their games.

The se­nior Bs were al­ways in con­trol of their match. Scor­ing an early try and rac­ing away to a 31-0 lead by half time. They con­sol­i­dated their po­si­tion in the sec­ond half, slowly build­ing a big lead and run­ning our de­served win­ners.

The Se­nior As on the other hand had a dis­ap­point­ing game against the newly formed Paeroa Com­bined team, los­ing their first game of the sea­son. As men­tioned they had al­ready won the first round tro­phy — a first in the club’s his­tory — and this cer­tainly showed in their lack lus­tre per­for­mance. Paeroa had to win to make the top six cham­pi­onship round and were far hun­grier from the out­set than the home side. Paeroa’s big for­ward pack dom­i­nated their op­po­sites and they scored three of their five tries from set piece moves. Waihi trailed 14-10 at the break and 31-15 with five min­utes re­main­ing. To their credit they never gave up, scor­ing two late tries and clos­ing the score line to 31-25 in Paeroa’s favour.

Jerome Hill had another solid game at full­back scor­ing two tries, with Ja­cob Sey­mour and Brad Wil­son also dot­ting down. Some great rugby lies ahead of us in the com­ing weeks with both sides keen to carry on their win­ning ways.

A happy Waihi Se­nior B team pos­ing with the Elders Cup.

PHO­TOS / SUP­PLIED.

The Se­nior A al­ready scored the Sil­cock shield for first round honours on May 5.

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