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Thames Break Away

posted Jun 26, 2012, 6:20 PM by Thames Valley Rugby Football Union Inc

Thames, Paeroa West and Hauraki North all scored 50 points or more in a weekend of lopsided results in the Newmont Waihi Gold Thames Valley Senior A club rugby competition.

Thames' 50-19 win over an injury-depleted Tairua side ensured they stay top of the table, while effectively ending Tairua's slim semifinal chances.

While they were able to pull off an upset over North last week, Tairua were barely able to muster enough numbers for the game and came up against a Thames side determined not to become another upset victim.

Meanwhile, North bounced back from their shock loss to Tairua in the best possible way, notching up 60 points and restricting fellow title contenders Waihi Athletic to just six points. Despite this the Blue Bulls still sit outside the top four but they will have gained immense confidence from the win going into the final two rounds of regular season play.

Paeroa West were expected to beat winless Whangamata and did so in style, downing the visitors 53-10 at the Paeroa Domain. The other Senior A result saw Te Aroha Cobras beat Waihou in the annual Dr Dunn Memorial Trophy match, 25-3, to move into second spot on the ladder.

In Senior B, Coromandel and Hauraki North both picked up wins to keep in touch with title favourites Mercury Bay, who had the bye.

In the Counties Manukau under-19 competition, Hauraki North missed a prime opportunity to move into the top four, going down 26-13 to fourth-placed Weymouth.