A victory for prems
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.