HG LEACH Senior Rugby ~ ROUND UP 04/05/2019:
Feature Team Coromandel
Coromandel v Hauraki North
Hauraki North made the journey up to Coromandel on duck shooting morning to take on a very determined Coromandel side. In a very tight and combative game the home side rolled their sleeves up and went to work on the visitors.
The team from the plains looked good in patches however neither side could gain any real ascendancy with the game see sawing for most of the match. The game hung in the balance until a brilliant try by the Coromandel winger, Marcus Save, who beat several defenders with an outstanding run to secure a home victory for Coromandel.
Final Score Coromandel 19 – Hauraki North 12.
Tairua v Waihi Athletic
Tairua were looking to extend their 3 game winning streak to 4 when they took on reigning club champions Waihi at Tairua. In the first half Waihi playing with a fairly stiff breeze used the boot well keeping Tairua pegged in their own half. It took a while for the home team to settle but when the handling started to sharpen, tries stated to come, with Tairua establishing a 22 – 12 half time lead.
Waihi were first to score in the second half and at 22 -19 the game looked like it would be another nail-biter! Tairua put their foot on the throttle to power away from, Waihi, enjoying the open running game, half back Rui Swan distributed well and got the backs running great lines. Luca Merolle at ten started pulling the strings and shredded the defensive line repeatedly. The forwards also got on the score sheet as Waihi could not stop the rampant Tairua side.
Swan had a great day with the boot converting seven of the eight tries together with a long range penalty. The day also had some refereeing drama, with appointed ref Brian Rose going off lame just after half time. Luckily local ref Rob Scott was on hand, who nipped home and got his kit on to see out the match. Many thanks Rob!
Final Score: Tairua 57- Waihi 24
Mercury Bay v Paeroa
Fine weather greeted the visiting Paeroa side on “Sponsors day” at Whitianga. With a good crowd gathered the Mercury Bay side scored first with a penalty goal. Paeroa had come to play and the next 10 minutes saw them pile on 17 unanswered points with a well taken long range try to swing the momentum in their favour. Mercury Bay stayed in touch from then on and at half time were up 18-17.
The Paeroa side were best attacking from set phase and their midfield were dangerous each time they got into space and set up a well taken try to regain the lead. Mercury Bay weren’t done and came back securing the lead with 3 minutes remaining and working extremely hard on defence in that time to prevent Paeroa taking the win.
This was a physical match with both sides playing open running rugby and Paeroa will be a team to watch in the second round.
Final Score: Mercury Bay 35 – Paeroa 29
Cobras v Waihou
Positions on the table meant nothing in this much anticipated local darby, and yet again this proved to be true in a very intense and physical encounter at Boyd Park.
Cobras looked very good with ball in hand and had a solid structure in defence but they lived off scraps having only about 30% territory and possession with the hard working Waihou pack, lead by Glen McIntyre, denied COBRAS ball and enabled the Waihou halfback, Ben Bonnar to direct play and control the match well. COBRAS were more creative in attack, took their opportunities and began dominating the set piece as the game wore on. Waihou look to have plenty of improvement in them and the Dr Dunn in the second round will be a cracker. COBRAS winning the day with both teams winning with identical scores.
Congratulations to James Higgins a dominant display in his 100th Premier game as referee.
Final Score: COBRAS 31 – Waihou 24.
Whangamata V Thames
Thames travelled over the hill to take on a resurgent Whangamata side at their home venue.
Whangamata struggled to match it with the big Thames forwards who dominated the match from the outset. With very little ball and doing plenty of defence Whangamata were always going to tire. The big Thames centre ran riot from both set phase and broken field and Whangamata, like many teams before, could not contain him.
Whangamata did have some good periods but could not sustain their effort and Thames again showed their credentials in their quest to become the 2019 Club Champions.
Thames 57 – Whangamata 0
HG Leach Senior B Results:
- COBRAS 31 Waihou 24
- Mercury Bay 36 Thames 24
- Ngatea 05 Hauraki North 48
- Paeroa and Waihi had the bye.
This weekend –
The HG Leach Senior A Competition,
COBRAS and Thames are separated by 1 point. If Cobras win they will they will be the winners of the Silcock Shield to cap off a great first round for the Club.
Senior A - Silcock Shield Thames Tairua Mercury Bay Waihou Waihi Athletic Hauraki North Paeroa Coromandel Whangamata
The HG Leach Senior B Competition
the two unbeaten teams, Mercury Bay and Waihi Athletic will play off for the Elders Cup at Waihi. (Waihi Athletic won the first round of this completion last year)
Senior B - Elders Cup Waihi Athletic Thames Hauraki North COBRAS Waihou Ngatea Paeroa
Senior A Draw this Saturday:
- Cobras V Coromandel @ TeAroha 2pm
- Waihou V Paeroa @ TeAroha 2pm
- Mercury Bay V Waihi @ Waihi 2pm
- Hauraki North V Whangamata @ Waitakaruru 2pm.
Senior B Draw
- Waihou V Paeroa @ Te Aroha 12.25pm
- Mercury Bay V Waihi @ Waihi 12.25pm
- Ngatea V Thames @ Thames 12.25pm