Wanderers inflict hiding on Waimea


Wanderers supporters at Jubilee Park on Saturday afternoon were in rugby heaven.

Their senior rugby team inflicted surely one of the biggest ever defeats on its arch-rival Star & Garter Waimea Old Boys.

If you’re a Waimea fan, you may not want to read any further. If you’re a Taylor’s Contracting Wanderers fan, grab a seat and enjoy.

From the opening whistle Wanderers looked too big, too fast and too strong for a young and developing Waimea team.

By half time they had racked up 50 points and, after a brief spell of dominance from Waimea at the start of the second half, Wanderers got back to work.

Waimea’s cover defence was called on time and time again as Wanderers outside backs made huge inroads, lead by fullback Jesse Pitman.

Wanderers scrum and line out were superior and tries were scored from length-of-the field runs to pick-and-gos at the line.

Waimea fans shouldn’t be too despondent though, this is a team suffering because of its own success. If James Lowe, Billy Guyton, Jeff Lepa, Pete Samu, Tevita Cavubati, Marty Banks and Sam Prattley were not all playing Super Rugby you could guarantee a much different result.

With that exodus of players, Waimea are having to start again, hoping to develop their next wave of stars.

Waimea co-coach Mark Milne says his side’s attitude was the most disappointing aspect of the game for him.

“We were pretty disappointed, we pride ourselves as a young team having a good attitude and we felt that slipped on Saturday, but we might put that down to being overawed.”

He says they need to learn from the loss or there will be plenty more of them.

“But I’m confident we can, I really am. I’m still pretty chipper. No team likes to lose by that many points but you have be realistic and that’s probably a true reflection of where the two sides are at the moment. We’re readjusting as a team and a club and we’re going through a readjustment period, but conceding that many isn’t much fun.”

Waimea will travel to play Kahurangi this Saturday in Motueka. Kahurangi last week beat Nelson 28-13.

For Wanderers, the win leaves them top of the Tasman Trophy table after three wins from as many games. This Saturday they play Stoke at Greenmeadows.

Both these Tasman Trophy games kick off at 3pm.

In the curtain-raiser on Saturday, Waimea’s Car Company Nelson Bays division two team beat Wanderers 14-10 in a tight match.