Wanderers get another one over WOB


Star & Garter Waimea Old Boys coach Mark Milne concedes the Tasman Trophy may already be out of reach after losing two of their first three matches.
Taylor’s Contracting Wanderers were too clinical in the first half, with Fletcher Matthews dotting down three times before Waimea Old Boys surged back into contention in the opening spell of the second half, thanks to tries by Kaide Whiting and new forward Jeff Lepa.
But with the scores locked up at 20-all throughout the second half, Trael Joass finally broke the deadlock to score down the left hand flank, before Jesse Pitman kicked a penalty to seal the 30-20 win and keep Wanderers’ unbeaten record in tact.
With no playoffs in the Bayleys Tasman Trophy this year – just a full round robin – winning every match is crucial. But Waimea have now lost two out of the first three games, which means frontrunners Wanderers, Galbraith Nelson and Waitohi will need to drop at least two games each for Waimea to come back into the frame. “It’s going to be difficult from here,” Mark says. “But there’s still a long way to go, it’s just when there’s no playoff situation it does make it hard.”
Despite the loss, Mark says the team can take confidence out of the fact they produced just “15 minutes of footy” and still came close to beating Wanderers, which means there is still plenty of room for improvement. “We’re happy with where we are at. We know we’re good enough and we know we can compete with anyone.”