Cup win long overdue

DANIEL BIRCHFIELD
Last updated 11:13 31/07/2014
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RAPT: Glover Cup-winning Waimate senior B rugby coach Barry Caird.

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Waimate's first senior B rugby title in more than 50 years is a long time coming as far as coach Barry Caird is concerned.

His side defeated Pleasant Point on the stroke of fulltime at Alpine Energy Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the first time Waimate has won the Glover Cup outright since 1962.

While Waimate qualified for the final in 2000, they drew with Old Boys 15-all which saw the title shared between the two clubs.

The final score was 18-12 after Waimate led 10-0 at halftime.

Lock Jah Taupo scored one try, while wing Harry Haywood bagged an end-to-end try to seal the win.

Caird said Waimate played Pleasant Point three times in four weeks in the lead-up to the final, games which also came down to the wire.

"They were right on the line attacking, they lost the ball and our winger picked up the ball and ran the length of the field to score," Caird said of the decider's frantic final seconds.

"I think Pleasant Point had the better players, but we had the better team. It wasn't a great, classic game of rugby but we hung in there."

He said no team gained superiority at any stage during the match.

"I couldn't really say anyone had an advantage anywhere. I believe our defence and will to win got us there. Scrums and lineouts were even and the statistics would have been also. No one got on top really."

Caird, who had success coaching at age group level before taking over the senior B side this season, believed the side has made great strides in 2014.

"It's about time we won it. They've done well and come a long way. We were down at the bottom of the ladder for a couple of years. We've got some great support and that's made a huge difference."

The team headed straight back to the Waimate clubrooms after the final, where they celebrated with their supporters before hitting the town.

The goal now is to defend the cup.

"We told the players it takes a good team to win a title, but a great team to defend a title," Caird said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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