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CLUB RUGBY Wrap – 11th July

Whangamata travelled to the ‘Bull Pen’ on Saturday where they were faced by a strong and well drilled Hauraki North (HN) side. HN dominated the early stages of the match, holding the ball for long periods of time and putting endless amounts of pressure on the Whangamata defence. They were rewarded for their early dominance and scored a try 10 minutes in. The next 60 minutes were stalemate, with HN having large chunks of possession however were frustrated as the Whangamata defence held strong. A late try clinched the game for HN with the final score ending 12-0. First five Will Newbold & hard running Number 8 Blake Hill played well for HN. Wing Eli Byles and Second five Tiaontin Raoren played well for Whangamata.

Thames notched up their first win of the season against Paeroa. Playing at home, the day had some extra meaning to it with their sponsors and ladies involved in the club been recognised for the work that they contribute towards the club. Both teams were full of energy with some big collisions taking place. However it was the big ball running forwards of Thames who did damage upfront, and it eventually took its toll on a persistent Paeroa team, running away with the game 55-22. Loose forwards Frederick Kei and Sione To’a both had strong games with a number of barnstorming carries, and second-five Laulea Mau chipped in well with two tries.

The game of the week was up in Whitianga with the COBRAS making the long drive up to Lyon Park. Both teams were coming off solid victories the week before, and looking to cement their place in the Top 4. COBRAS winger Sireli Kuruduadua stamped his mark on the competition scoring a memorable 3 tries which proved to be the difference between the two sides. Brandon Dromgool also scored whilst Dylan Robinson added a penalty & conversion. For Mercury Bay, Eamon Fitzgerald and Trinity McQueen dotted down, whilst Jayden Tegg kicked 3 penalties and 1 conversion. Final Score: 27-21 COBRAS.

Waihou Rugby & Sport fronted up to a fired up Waihi Athletic side at the Kenny Street ground in Waihi. Early exchanges of scoring eventually saw Waihou go into the break 12-7 up. Waihi Athletic came out of the blocks firing in the second half making Waihou pay with two tries through some good team tries through some really good wide attacking play. Waihou had a man binned but were able to put a try on the board near the posts for Ryan Waite to convert. With the scores tied up going into the final seven minutes, both sides had opportunities at each end of the park but failed to convert territory into points. When the final whistle went Waihou had the last opportunity with some good attacking play only to see the ball held up over the line. Both First 5 eights led the cutter well for both teams in Joseph Murray for Waihou and player-coach Rueben Meares for Waihi Athletic.

Adam ‘Ringo’ Hallett toiled away hard at openside flanker for Waihou and strong games had by Paddy Aislabie and Sam Van der Valk. For the Dragons hooker Manawa Hill and No. 8 Dylan Horne were into everything while Rueben Meares and Dylan Bellamy moved the backs around the park and Ethan Seymour played a strong game in the midfield in both attack/defence and was rewarded with a try. Tries to Paddy Aislabie, Sam Van der Valk and Keegan Lewis for Waihou with Ryan Waite kicking two conversions. For Waihi Athletic Ethan Seymour got a double on the scoresheet and Dylan Bellamy one try and Rueben Meares kicking two conversions The Senior Reserves Competition is at an interesting stage after 4 Rounds of action. Tairua and Coromandel have all but secured themselves a semi-final berth, with Hauraki North not too far behind. However it is the chasing pack which will need to be watched with interest, with COBRAS,  Mercury Bay, Ngatea and Thames all still in contention for the 4th position.

Last weeks results saw Mercury Bay thrash Ngatea 38-0, which to some would have been a surprising result. The big COBRAS forward-pack was far to strong for Thames winning 48-28 and the juggernaut of Coromandel were far to clinical for Hauraki North, securing a 60-5 victory at home.