Ōtaki’s Rāhui Rugby Club had teams in the semi-finals of the Horowhenua-Kāpiti premier and senior B competitions on Saturday (July 13), but both teams failed in their bid for a finals spot.
The premiers were beaten 26-21 by Waikanae at Waikanae Park, and the Bs lost to Levin College Old Boys in Levin 34-17.
The Rāhui premiers were confident going into the semifinal after beating Waikanae the week before at Ōtaki, storming back from 20-10 down at halftime to win 37-25. Although ahead 21-19 with less than 15 minutes to go in Saturday’s semifinal, they couldn’t retain the lead, offering too many penalties and failing to control the ball at crucial phases.
The Rāhui B team had a tough encounter with Levin COB. They were in contention for the first half, scoring some enterprising tries, but COB ground out a 34-17 win in the second half to book their place in the finals.
Waikanae play Foxton in the premier final, and COB play Paraparaumu in the B final, both at Levin Domain on Saturday, July 20.