Home games for two se­nior teams

Waihi Leader - - News - By GRAEME CULTON

Both Waihi se­nior rugby sides started their re­spec­tive sec­ond rounds with home games on Satur­day.

The Se­nior B side, which has been pro­moted to the A grade for this sec­ond round took on a very strong Hau­raki North A side. North proved to be too good on the day run­ning out com­fort­able win­ners. Their match next Satur­day against Whanga­mata¯ will have the Ains­ley Shield up for grabs with a very close game ex­pected.

In the Premier (top six) divi­sion Waihi took on Mer­cury Bay, Waihi played into a strong breeze in the first half and were good enough to make the most of their few scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Flanker Tate Van Duyven­booden crossed early with front rower Brad Nightin­gale adding to his im­pres­sive try tally.

A 14-9 half time lead had the large lo­cal crowd feel­ing op­ti­mistic about the sec­ond half. A good chat be­tween play­ers and coach at the half proved valu­able with a good game plan taken into the half. Us­ing the grow­ing wind to their ad­van­tage, Waihi pinned the op­po­si­tion deep into their own half. This pres­sure fi­nally told with two fine tries. The first to re­turn­ing full­back Jesse Do­dun­ski while sec­ond rower Dy­lan Horne dot­ted down af­ter some great lead up work.

With a 26-9 lead Waihi fell foul to some ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions, re­sult­ing in two Waihi Play­ers spend­ing some time in the sin bin.

Down to 13 men the lo­cals dug deep and with some great goal line de­fence kept their lead in­tact. With time tick­ing away Mer­cury Bay fi­nally crossed for a con­so­la­tion try to make the fi­nal score 26-14 in Waihi’s favour. A great team ef­fort with Karl Douglad and Jerome Hill pick­ing up the player of the day awards.

Waihi’s player depth is get­ting se­verely tested with up to ten play­ers cur­rently on the in­jury list. Hope­fully some of these play­ers are avail­able next Satur­day when they take on the combine Paeroa side, the team that in­flicted Waihi’s only loss of the sea­son so far. Mo­ti­va­tion should not be an is­sue for this one.

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