Waimea Old Boys centre James Lowe forces his way through the oncoming Riwaka defence.

Waimea remain in playoff hunt


By Scott McKenzie


Two second half tries to Kaide Whiting has kept Waimea Old Boys’ playoff hopes alive.

Star & Garter Waimea Old Boys took 76 minutes to make its way past a resilient ENZA Riwaka side in a must-win fixture on Saturday. The wins sees Waimea Old Boys claim a valuable four points in the tightly contested Car Company division one competition.

The way Waimea started the match you would have thought it was going to be smooth sailing with a try to new Tasman Mako James Lowe after just five minutes of play.

But that was about all the action the visitors got in the first half as Waimea held a 10- 6 lead at the break.

The second half saw Riwaka take the lead 12-10 after a couple of penalties, only for Josh Rutledge to take it back 13-12 in Waimea’s favour.

Kaide Whiting brushed off what was expected to be a season ending ankle injury to dot down for the side’s second try.

This gave Waimea all the momentum in the second spell, forcing uncharacteristic errors into Riwaka’s play. Patrick Pye’s super human strength in the 76th minute caused a tight head on Riwaka’s 22 meter line for Kaide to score his second try of the match and to give Waimea a very important win.

Waimea face old foes Taylor’s Contracting Wanderers at Jubilee Park this Saturday.