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The Wai-Coa-Bay Bartercard Cup side play next weekend in Round 4 (split round) of the Bartercard Cup.
Hamilton City Tigers scraped home 18-16 over Ngongotaha in premier Wai-Coa-Bay rugby league action on the weekend. Tigers were guilty of trying to lose the game themselves continuously turning over the ball and not playing clever football.
Outstanding for Tigers were fullback Vaughn Calcinai and second rowers Simon Beale and Roy Wheelan. What was not outstanding was the non stop verbal abuse from the Tigers female trio directed at the match officials. It was not one of referee Wayne Berry's better games but the barrage of abuse was unwarranted and something the codes administrators need to address. For many the distraction over shadowed what was billed as the match of the round.
In contrast the other match played at Resthills was a beauty. Taniwharau and Hukanui fighting out an entertaining 20 all draw. With both teams and supporters a credit to their clubs for the spirit the game was played and supported. With the Stallions having a split round and down to play next weekend it allowed clubs to use their players and Epiha Kete was outstanding for Taniwharau. Young teenage sensation Sam Rapira for Hukanui showed what an outstanding talent he is whilst centre Sasho Stosic was the best back from either side.
At Davies Park, Huntly the home side Huntly South were out pointed 50-30 by an improving Hillcrest Hornets. Former South player Matt Healey stood out for Hornets but not for his normal try scoring heroic's but his solid try saving defence. Hornet captain Mark Simon also had a good match as did South's centre and Stallion's squad member Vern Moana-Mason. At Paterson Park, Ngaruawahia, top of the table Turangawaewae proved too strong for a determined Te Paamu outfit winning 48-28.
Wai-Coa-Bay Premiers: Turangawaewae 48 Te Paamu 28 Taniwharau 20 Hukanui 20 Hillcrest Hornets 50 Huntly South 30 Pacific 38 Taupo Phoenix 24 Hamilton City Tigers 18 Ngongotaha 16 Pikiao 78 Kawerau 16 Forestland 40 Taupo Warriors 26 Central 40 Tauranga 28 Reserve Grade: Hillcrest Hornets 22 Te Awamutu Sports 14 Ngaruawahia 30 Hamilton City Tigers 28 Taniwharau 56 Hukanui 10 Turangawaewae 62 College Old Boys 10
16's Grade: Hukanui 26 College Old Boys 16 Taniwharau 50 Hamilton City Tigers 16 Ngaruawahia 42 Turangawaewae 14