Win de­spite eyes on an­other ball

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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.

With

the

col­lege

ball

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.

Other

re­sults

from

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.

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