Wyndham makes it three on the trot

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Moving on . . . Wyndham prop Jeff Ryan offloads the ball in a tackle during his sides win on Saturday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Three in a row.

It is what Wyndham Rugby Club achieved with its 26-10 Presidents Cup final win over Waikaia.

Coach Craig McIntyre was rapt to see his side take the title again on Saturday.

“Making it three in a row .. we’re three consecutive and [it was] something that I was keen on achieving,” he said.

“It was a good final.

“Waikaia are a good team.

“I’m happy we won.”

The team’s continued success was down to the experience in its line-up this season.

“We have a good bunch of guys and using the experience in the team .. we have a lot of older guys on board and it’s been [a case of] using their knowledge this year.”

Hosting a home match with no crowd due to Covid-19 Alert Level 2 restrictions was “weird”.

“If it had been under normal circumstances there would have been quite a few on the sidelines. The club gets great support.”

Wyndham took a while to settle into its groove.

It took 25 minutes for it to get on the board, but once the team scored its first try it settled well.

Waikaia followed suit, quickly scoring and levelling the game 5-5 at half time.

Wyndham took control in the second stanza and scored a try within the first 10 minutes.

It continued to pile on the points and before long had a 26-5 lead.

Waikaia scored a try right at the end, but Wyndham had sealed the win with its earlier work.

The bounce of the ball and a few “lucky intercepts” helped Wyndham, McIntyre said.

“Once we got the lead and stretched it, it hurt them a wee bit and they weren’t able to come back.”

Its backline was humming, with first five-eighth Pale Tuilagi and second five-eighth Aaron Kimura standouts.

“The backline really stood up in the final and went really well.

“It was a whole team effort.”

Waikaia coach Al Bain felt his side played well, but the game got away from it in the end.

“Wyndham have a lot more experience,” he said.

“It’s been a very good season [for Waikaia].”