Hinuera all the way in local derby
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.