Hin­uera all the way in lo­cal derby

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

The lo­cal derby played at Bed­ford Park fea­tured two teams with con­trast­ing make-ups. Hin­uera had youth­ful en­thu­si­asm moulded with ex­pe­ri­enced, cool heads ver­sus United Mata­mata Sports Club with a big pack but lack­ing the fin­ish­ing touch out wide.

Hin­uera’s Toby O’Reilly kicked off but steered the ball in the op­po­site direc­tion.

Cen­tre Chris Croas­dale who was to have a marked in­flu­ence on the game, was up quickly to take the ball in mid-air.

This was to set in mo­tion the Gold and Black’s game plan. Clever in­ter­pass­ing ini­ti­ated by Matt Hawke re­sulted in cap­tain Rhys Wil­liams dot­ting down for Hin­uera to lead five nil in the fourth minute.

The restart fea­tured UMS camped in Hin­uera’s quar­ter, shots at goal spurned in favour of rolling mauls, big prop La­toa Ali­matafitafi fea­tur­ing.

If the first half was even, the sec­ond was join­ing the dots.

For Hin­uera, that was build­ing pres­sure. The Gold and Blacks be­gan to take a strong hold on the game.

UMS strug­gled with the pace and be­gan to slip off tack­les. This re­sulted in tries to pro­moted U21 play­ers Croas­dale and Braden Craw­ford.

In be­tween Jeremy Kidd scored in the cor­ner from a peach of a slip pass by prop Jake O’Reilly.

Un­usual in such games of keen ri­valry Hin­uera had scored the bonus point try. In­cred­i­bly, more was to come with Croas­dale weav- ing through and around de­fend­ers for the fifth and fi­nal try mak­ing 25 unan­swered points in the sec­ond spell.

Craw­ford, Croas­dale and half back Lester Pol­lard had strong games for Hin­uera in the backs.

La­toa Ali­matafitafi, Mark Wil­cox tried hard all game for UMS with cap­tain Ray­mond Tuhakaraina in the backs do­ing the same.

Tries: C Croas­dale, 2, B Craw­ford, J Kidd, R Wil­liams. 1 con­ver­sion, 1 penalty: T O’Reilly.

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