Entertaining day of club rugby
Te Aroha put on a summer’s day for premier rugby between Thames and Waihou on Saturday.
Both forward packs set good platforms for attacking back line rugby.
Waihou lost some key players including their stand-in number 10, within 10 minutes.
This gap was filled with a solid display from Valley half-back, Ben Bonner.
Thames forwards battled hard against the Waihou forwards.
Thames number four Jason Hayward worked hard to secure lineout ball from a strong Waihou lineout.
Thames number eight Ben Vincent along with Jacob Chaplin and Tom Smith shut the Waihou attack down with Vincent setting up a runaway try.
By half-time, Thames had scored three tries, one conversion and one pen- alty while Waihou scored one try from nice hands through both the backs and forwards while Thames watched on, 22-7.
Thames ventured into Waihou’s half, but were repulsed by solid defence only for centre Sam ‘‘Copper-top’’ Goattley to slip down the side-line for a try.
For several plays, Thames uses solid forward runners and gained ground but no points.
With 10 minutes to go, Waihou staged a late comeback to score twice to make the score, 29-21.
Thames woke up and scored from a centre field attack.
Chopper Boughton’s kicking ability kept Thames on the front foot – full time, 36-21.
Waihou had more to celebrate earlier in the day when its Senior B team took on Cobras, at Boyd Park in Te Aroha.
Waihou defeated Cobras in that encounter, 21-17, to retain the Dr Lawrence Trophy.
Waihou Senior Bs retained the Dr Lawrence Trophy for 2018.