The Waimate Rugby Club has laid down a new challenge.

The club’s senior team performed a haka for the first time last weekend, as part of the South Canterbury Rugby competition’s cultural round.

The team had been practising for about a month under the watchful eye of head coach Hami Goldsmith, and Waimate Rugby Club president Chris Medlicott said he was “exceptionally proud” of the haka, led by Redd Taupo.

While Waimate lost 26-14 to Mackenzie, Medlicott was pleased the club rose to the challenge.

Waimate now sits fourth in the eight-team senior competition with two round-robin games left before the playoffs.

There had been some positive signs throughout the season, most notably when Waimate pipped top-of-the-table Harlequins 14-0.

Will Saulala and Josh O’Neill had also brought up their 50th caps for the club this year, he said.

In the Senior B competition, Waimate was in fifth place, and Medlicott was quietly confident the team could win the bottom-four competition in the coming weeks.

Throughout the season, the relationship between Waimate’s senior and B sides had grown – and Medlicott believed it was down to Goldsmith who was a fantastic communicator.

It will be a big day at the Waimate club tomorrow, as the club hosts its “take a kid to footy day”.

There will be prizes for the best-dressed Waimate supporter – for adults and children – and donation boxes raising money for the iSport Foundation.