Win despite eyes on another ball
Travelling to Otorohanga on the day of the college ball was always going to be a challenging day for the Matamata College COMAG First XV.
However 25 minutes into the game the COMAG side had the better of the opposition and were quickly out to a 13 nil lead.
Instead of putting the foot on the accelerator the team’s intensity and concentration lapsed.
Although the boys always felt they had the better of their opponents, rather than finish the match strongly they gave up one try before accumulating 10 more points themselves to run out 23-5 victors.
now behind them the players can now up their focus as they head into their final grading game versus Fraser High School next weekend.
The week before the First XV opened their season with a hard fought 18-17 win against Melville High School First XV.
Playing into a strong breeze in the first half, Matamata looked good when they were able to get the ball wide. They were rewarded with three well-worked tries to Logan Allen, Alex Thrupp and Morgan Steiner.
In reply Melville were able to cross Matamata’s line twice leaving the score at 15-12 at half time.
In the second half, Matamata were unable to gain any momen- tum due to numerous mistakes and giving away silly penalties.
Melville were able to gain momentum as a result and scored in the corner to take the lead 17-15.
With only minutes remaining in the game Matamata were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which Logan Allen was able to convert leaving the final score at 18-17 to Matamata.
Alex Thrupp and Logan Allen were the pick of the Matamata backs, while Israel Joule had a strong game in the forwards.
This week Matamata head to Otorohanga to play Otorohanga First XV.
last Saturday include the second XV deservedly winning their opening match of the season against St Paul’s Collegiate third XV 15-10.
The home side always looked dangerous, although guilty of taking the ball into contact with body positions too high.
Both sides can take a lot from the match, can be commended for their positive approach in trying conditions and will look forward to an even game when they meet again later in the competition.
Injury concerns for the under15 side meant they could not continue a solid first half display against Forest View High School in Tokoroa.
Trailing by just 10-5 at halftime the boys struggled in the second half with Forest View running away with the game.
The under-14 side hosted an extremely strong Hamilton Boys’ High team who were too big and fast across the park.
The home side showed plenty of heart and goes into next week’s final grading game knowing they will not face a side as strong again this season with HBHS certain to be promoted to the under-15 grade for the rest of the year.
The Matamata under-14 side will bounce back and build on the form they showed in dispatching St Peters’ School in their first round game two weeks ago winning 26-17.