En­ter­tain­ing day of club rugby

Piako Post - - WEEKEND SPORT - NEVEN LEOPOLD AND DONALD MACKAY

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.

KARYN VINCENT/SUP­PLIED

Wai­hou Se­nior Bs re­tained the Dr Lawrence Tro­phy for 2018.

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