Waihou smash Thames side
On a cold, windy Saturday on May 19, Waihou smashed Thames in the last game of the first round of the Silcock Shield.
With only six teams in the top competition, Waihi and Thames were guaranteed entry but only four of the eight remaining teams can make the top.
Waihou were solid as a rock with ball in hand and running through Thames easily at Rhodes Park in Thames.
Both teams started the game slowly, trying to get the feel for each other.
At 18 minutes, Waihou score a converted try from behind their half-way through poor tackling from Thames.
Thames has their chances but to no avail. Waihou build another 50 metre try from a forceful scrum, 12-nil at half time.
The Thames attack could hardly make the advantage line with slow ball and predictable runners.
The team had a complacent feel to it, knowing they were in the top six. From kick-off, Waihou attack spreading the Thames players and creating a mismatch on one side to score in the corner, 17-nil.
Then again at 15 minutes, the Waihou team slash through the Thames backline for a converted try, 24-nil.
Waihou now use clever play to hold onto the ball through good forward work, led by No. 4 Keegan Lewis. Thames get another chance down the sideline but quick covering from Waihou, gets their hand to ball first.
Waihou backs number 10, Chris Doak and number 15 Ryan Waite have Thames in knots, keeping them turning and running backwards.
Thames manage a consolation try at 43 minutes to save a downtrow, 24-5 at full time.
Thanks to Sean Moore for a strong flowing game and two teams who only want to play rugby.
Thames captain C Saunders led from the front with side-kicks Judd and Leopold doing good work.
Waihou player of the day, number 6 C Gorn and for Thames, number 2 N Judd.
Senior A Silcock Shield: Thames 5-24 Waihou; Mercury Bay 33-20 Hauraki North; Waihi Athletic 25-35 Paeroa; Tairua 43-14 Coromandel; Whangamata 15-51 Cobras. Senior B Elders Cup: Hauraki North 7-34 Cobras; Mercury Bay 18-17 Waihou; Waihi Athletic 52-12 Thames; Paeroa 40-12 Ngatea.
Waihou first-five Chris Doak, in a match earlier this year. On Saturday he was in form against Thames.