West Melton succumb to Waihora

by Kent Caddick

One of the favourites for this year’s Ellesmere division one rugby title, Waihora, were taken aback when they travelled to West Melton Domain on Saturday as the home side came out firing.

West Melton raced out to a 12-0 lead after just 10 minutes of the match, with attacking fullback Lewy Allan leading the way for the Westies with two tries.

Allan was equally impressive on defence throughout the match but as the first half wore on Waihora started to find its feet. 

Two tries put Waihora on level terms and just before half time West Melton lost a player to the sinbin which cost the home side dearly.

While the player was in the bin Waihora ran in three tries, extinguishing West Melton fans hopes of an upset.

Waihora kept up the pressure for the rest of the match and while West Melton scored a third try late in the match the Tai Tapu-based side ran out comfortable winners, 54-17.

eanwhile, champions Southbridge, which lost to Waihora the previous weekend, bounced back from that loss to crush the combined Burnham Dunsandel Irwell side 58-19 to restart its title defence.

The other two matches of the round were fairly close affairs with Rolleston bouncing back from its first round thumping at the hands of Prebbleton to beat Hornby 20-12, while Prebbleton continued on its winning way with a hard fought 22-17 win over Lincoln.

Ben Lenjes on the charge for Waihora

West Melton number eight Shaun Taylor puts on a fend