Hamil­ton too for­mi­da­ble for Mata­mata team

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

COMAG Mata­mata Col­lege 1st XV trav­elled to Hamil­ton on Satur­day to play Hamil­ton Boys’ High School’s 3rd XV in a semi-fi­nal of the Waikato Sec­ondary School’s Rugby 1st Di­vi­sion.

HBHS started strongly and were up 8-0 early on thanks to a try and a penalty.

Strong run­ning by Mor­gan Steiner and some good kick­ing by Lo­gan Allen helped Mata­mata fight back and they were un­lucky not to score tries on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions.

Both teams were able to add an­other penalty kick to their tal­lies leav­ing the score at 11-3 at the break. Turn­ing with the wind be­hind them in the sec­ond half Mata­mata came out fir­ing.

The vis­i­tors were able to dom­i­nate ter­ri­tory and pos­ses­sion. This al­lowed Allen to slot an­other 2 penal­ties, nar­row­ing the gap to 11-9.

Strong de­fence by Mata­mata pre­vented HBHS from cross­ing their line but with min­utes re­main­ing the home side was awarded a penalty in front of the posts.

This ex­tended HBHS’s lead to 14-9. Mata­mata threw ev­ery­thing at their op­po­nents and a break by Mor­gan Steiner off a well worked backs move looked promis­ing.

How­ever HBHS’s cover de­fence were able to hold on and the score stayed at 14-9 mean­ing HBHS qual­i­fied for the fi­nal.

The fi­nal game of the sea­son is the play-off for third place at home against St John’s on Satur­day, kick off at 11am.

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