Wai­hou smash Thames side

Piako Post - - FRONT PAGE - NEVEN LEOPOLD

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.

RE­SULTS:

LAWRENCE GULLERY/STUFF

Wai­hou first-five Chris Doak, in a match ear­lier this year. On Satur­day he was in form against Thames.

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