Star and Garter Waimea Old Boys remained unbeaten in the Tasman Trophy senior club rugby competition after defeating Waitohi 71-31 at Endeavour Park in Picton last Saturday.
Waimea scored 11 tries, including a hat-trick to flanker Sam Winsloe, on the way to recording its eighth win of the season.
It was particularly impressive at the break down where it secured a steady stream of quality go-forward ball and turn overs.
“We have been working hard on that area all season,” says Waimea’s assistant coach Nick Marquet.
“We identified it as something we haven’t always been good at, so we were very happy with the improvement we are showing.”
However, Nick says it wasn’t a perfect performance with their biggest concern being a leaky defence that conceded four second half tries.
“We were ahead 31-3 at half time, so we loosened up a lot in the second half which was a little disappointing,” Nick says.
“It’s something we’ll need to look at but that sometimes happens in high scoring games – guys get a bit fatigued and start falling off tackles.”
Nick says they will not be able to afford any defensive lapses this Saturday when they play a strong Harlequins side at Lansdowne park in Blenheim.
“Harlequins will give us a good gauge of where we are at. It will be another good challenge for the boys and we’ll have to be on our game to win.”
Waimea leads the Tasman Trophy on 39 points after eight games, with Central second on 31 points and Wanderers in third on 28.