A vic­tory for prems

Waihi Leader - - News - By GRAEME CUL­TON

Waihi’s premier rugby side ce­mented its place at the top of the points ta­ble with another em­phatic vic­tory on Satur­day over a spir­ited Tairua side.

Played at Tairua in per­fect weather and on a good play­ing field, both teams played free-flow­ing rugby en­ter­tain­ing the good-sized crowd.

Tairua was very com­pet­i­tive in the first half with their solid for­ward pack giv­ing Waihi plenty of trou­ble in the set pieces. The sides traded early tries, Ethan Sey­mour scor­ing Waihi’s first try when fin­ish­ing off a well-prac­ticed back line move. He got his dou­ble on the stroke of half time, this time a great in­di­vid­ual ef­fort brush­ing off sev­eral would-be tack­lers and dot­ting down be­side the posts. First five Reuben Meares added the con­ver­sion and slot­ted a penalty goal to give Waihi a hard-fought 13-10 lead go­ing into the sec­ond half.

With a few tech­ni­cal changes in the for­wards from coach Bryce Bevin, Waihi took con­trol up front, de­liv­er­ing good clean ball to promis­ing young half­back Car­los Roberts. Mak­ing the most of the qual­ity ball they were re­ceiv­ing the Waihi back line started to gel, mak­ing in­roads into Tairua ter­ri­tory at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, es­pe­cially Jethro Meares who had a strong match.

Mak­ing their im­pact felt from the bench when they were in­tro­duced with half an hour left on the clock were Adrian Holmes, Karl Dou­glas and Brad Nightin­gale. Front rower Nightin­gale scor­ing a cou­ple of tries, his sec­ond sprint­ing to the line with speed that most wingers would be proud of. Lock Dy­lan Horne added to his im­pres­sive try scor­ing tally with re­turn­ing loose for­ward Adam Ryan also get­ting on the score sheet.

A great game of rugby with Waihi run­ning out com­fort­able vic­tors 37-10. In what was a great team ef­fort front rower Joel Street and Mid Fielder Jethro Meares picked up the player of the day awards. This Satur­day the Pre­miers travel to Thames in an ea­gerly awaited top of the ta­ble clash, the vic­tors will be favourites to take out the sec­ond round.

The Se­nior B side had a tough road trip to Coro­man­del with Waihi suf­fer­ing a heavy de­feat. The tran­si­tion into the A grade for this sec­ond round has been tough, but this team can hold their heads high and be proud of the way they are per­form­ing this sea­son.

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