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I think the week we are discussing in 1982 Waikaka beat Edendale 25-14 in a good display of running rugby. There was a good crowd and both teams kept the spectators entertained with the Waikaka backs showing slightly more flexibility to their game which kept the Edendale guessing.
The half time score was 6-6 which was a fair reflection of the play. Both teams were evenly matched and Waikaka's points came from two penalty goals by Peter McIntosh (first five eight) and Edendale scored a try against the run of play with Johnny Bloxham scooping up a drop pass by Waikaka's John Chittock, Bloxham quickly off loaded to Wayne Gibson, who ran in for the try and converted it as well.
Edendale could have been in front at half time as Gibson missed two easy penalty goals,
Early in the second half Waikaka hit the front with Chittock making a clean break and passing to Brian Dickison who scored and McIntosh converted again.
Waikaka came straight back and forced a couple of rolling mauls close to the line, and with the ball under control the Edendale half back Murray McKenzie flung himself in front of Waikaka's Murray Collins and the referee, Chris Hogue, had no alternative but to award a penalty try. McIntosh extended to lead to 16-8 with the conversion.
Collins was again in the thick of it when he charged down a clearing kick at the 62 minutes and followed up for the try.
Two minutes later McIntosh kicked a penalty goal which made the score 25-8.
Edendale did not lie down and although losing by 19 points it came back with two late tries. The first one went to No. 8. Rob Hartman, following a tap penalty, where a maul developed close to the tryline and Hartman pulled away and dived over.
Right on full time, the centre Dave Twaites, booted a loose Waikaka pass, and showing great control he toed the ball 70 M to score a fine individual try.
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