Waimate and Mackenzie lose five competition points for registration lapses
The South Canterbury Rugby Union have come down hard on two Hamersley Cup side for registration and transfer lapses.
Mackenzie and Waimate were both stripped of five competition points following a hearing in front of a South Canterbury Rugby Union disputes committee on Thursday evening.
Waimate's indiscretion was to field an unregistered player against Temuka on April 8.
The player was former Mackenzie forward Cory Hollister.
Mackenzie were deducted points for failing to complete a transfer for winger Iosefo Pedro Senibua with the South Canterbury Rugby Union.
He went on to score a hat-trick against his old club.
SCRU chief executive Craig Calder said the union had no option but to deduct the points.
"We know how disappointed both teams will be to lose the competition points considering the dedication, time and hard work they put in to the season so far, plus the many voluntary hours committees commit to ensure teams adhere to the registration rules," he said.
Mackenzie coach Hamish Johnson said it was disappointing.
"The verdicts been done and now we need to move on."
"There's still 11 games in the season so plenty for us to do and points to pick up."
Johnson said they were focused on Pleasant Point this weekend.
"It's all about moving forward and for us, that starts at home this weekend against Point in a game where we will be wearing our pink jerseys to support breast cancer."
Luckily for the sides the points have been taken off early in the season, meaning they still have plenty of weeks remaining to push for top four spots.
Waimate's coach Barry Caird declined to comment.
Mackenzie, who were second, have dropped to fourth, while Waimate now sit in last place.