NELSON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 22: Tasman Trophy Rugby Waimea v Moutere on April 22 2017 in Nelson, New Zealand. (Photo by: Evan Barnes Shuttersport Limited)
Waimea v Moutere last Saturday. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport Limited

WOB look to tackle the issues

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Waimea Old Boys need to bounce back from their defeat at the hands of Moutere on Saturday with a better performance in front of home fans against East Coast this week.

Moutere proved far too good in the 45-17 victory which started the NPD Tasman Trophy crossover section.

Star and Garter Waimea Old Boys coach Mark Milne says Moutere outplayed his team which was guilty of not tackling.

“They outplayed us, what more can I say? They were big, physical and wanted it more.

“If you don’t want to defend then you aren’t going to win.”

Mark admitted he was more frustrated by the loss than any other loss in 2015.

“Last year we went through a lot of players as we were rebuilding.  We had to take the positives but I know this group can do a lot better and they know they can do better, that’s what is so frustrating about it.”

Moutere outscored Waimea seven tries to three. A compelling first half gave way to an onslaught from Moutere in the second.

Yellow cards to No 10 James Lash and fullback Eli Kneepkens did not help the Waimea cause as the team was out-hustled throughout.

Consolation tries to robust flanker Dan Hytongue and centre Michael Stringer did little to ease the pain. This week’s game will be the last at Jubilee Park for three weeks as Waimea head over the hill to play Central, Waitohi and Harlequins in a tough road schedule.