Basilica Vaihu, Mark Handley and Dylan O’Mara are handy pick-ups this season.
Basilica Vaihu, Mark Handley and Dylan O’Mara are handy pick-ups this season. Scottie Simmonds

Damaging new look for Waves

ACROSS The Waves have a new look about them this year, and it ain’t pretty.

Recruits Dane Kepa, Basilica Vaihu and Dylan O’Mara have added some serious clout to Waves’ presence, as evidenced in their pre-season trial victory against the Normanby Hotel Hounds in Brisbane on the weekend.

Waves crossed for a converted try in the final minute to pip their rivals 16-14, but coach Mark Craswell was more impressed with how they went about their work than the end result.

“This year we have the potential to play with much more structure, due to the quality we now have in the side,” Craswell said.

“We showed that structure on the weekend, and we also played with more patience than last season.”

Vaihu made an immediate impact on his arrival in Bundaberg, wreaking havoc for Alloway Falcons in the NewsMail Spring Cup.

The Auckland recruit admitted rugby union was his number one sport when he lived on the other side of the Tasman.

But since moving to Queensland, he has played league for Wynnum Manly in the Queensland Cup and feels right at home with is new team in Bundaberg.

Kepa last played for Brothers in Cairns, and will slot into the centres while Vaihu and O’Mara combine for a dynamic back row.

“Baz and O’Mara smashed them on the weekend, and O’Mara in particular was amazing in defence,” Craswell said.

Halfback Ben Guest earned the praise of Craswell, while centre Luke Koski, who has returned from a brief stint at Wests last season, also played well.



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