Waimea Old Boys senior B’s shaky start to 2015 is now a distant memory after they won the Car Company Nelson Bays division two club rugby final 17-12 against Wanderers at Trafalgar Park on Saturday.
Waimea lost their first game of the season to defending champions Wanderers but quickly put that behind them as they set about compiling an impressive 16-game winning streak on the way to the final.
And that considerable momentum proved unstoppable on Saturday when Waimea recorded win number 17 in a clinical display against a fired-up Wanderers.
Waimea led 9-0 at half time after three penalties to Kristian Hall-Smith. Luke Christeson scored a try early in the second half to make it 14-0 before Wanderers narrowed the deficit to 14-5 with a try to Shaun Whittaker.
Kristian kicked his fourth penalty to make it 17-5 with a late intercept try to Wanderers’ Daryl Giles and conversion by Kirby Johnson completing the scoring.
“The boys worked hard for it and went really well,” Waimea coach Wayne Bateman says. “We just stuck to our game plan to deny them the ball – everyone played well.”
Although the win was based on a gritty team effort, Wayne says lock Hamish Ballagh, No8 Pouvau Blake and prop Hamish Lecomte were key players.
“Hamish dominated the lineouts and won quite a lot of their throws and Pouvau just took the ball forward all day. Our forwards were very good and the backs just tackled their hearts out.”
Wayne says they were also determined to finish off a remarkable season with a win after narrowly losing the last two finals. Waimea ended their championship-winning season scoring 631 points and conceding just 174.
WOB 17 (Luke Christeson try, Kristian Hall-Smith 4 penalties) Wanderers 12 (Daryl Giles, Shaun Whittaker tries, Kirby Johnson conversion) Ht 9-0.