End to end en­counter a scorcher

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Yard Mas­ter Reid and Har­ri­son United Mata­mata Sports (UMS) 30 Taupiri 19

slick back­line move to score in the cor­ner.

UMS then came back with vengeance and ap­plied more pres­sure on Taupiri’s goal line and from a scrum some 10 me­tres out the UMS for­ward pack rolled the Taupiri scrum and Alex Bradley went over from the scrum to take UMS out to a de­served lead.

Just on the half UMS were awarded a penalty close to the Taupiri line and with the Taupiri pack strug­gling at the set piece UMS opted for a scrum and again pow­ered over for an­other try to Bradley. This was nicely con­verted by Tuhakaraina and took the half­time score 15-5 to UMS.

Coach Ge­orge Simp­kin willed his play­ers at half­time to be ac­cu­rate, hold pos­ses­sion and fight for the win as Taupiri were play­ing for their sea­son and needed to get back into the game early.

Taupiri then started the sec­ond half as UMS be­gan the first with a large amount of pos­ses­sion. They at­tacked the UMS goal with vigour but with what has been a pos­i­tive this sea­son, UMS held their line with at­tack­ing de­fence.

Once they got pos­ses­sion they used the el­e­ments and got back into the Taupiri half.

Af­ter what only seemed their first pos­ses­sion of the half UMS struck with a well worked back line move to al­low left wing Lsimeli Uluibau to score.

Fur­ther pres­sure and pos­ses­sion from UMS al­lowed them into the Taupiri half. The pres­sure was too much and from an in­fringe­ment Tuhakaraina slot­ted an­other penalty to take the score out to a com­mand­ing lead of 23-5 with 15 min­utes re­main­ing.

The next 15 min­utes was non­stop ac­tion af­ter nu­mer­ous goes at the UMS line Taupiri crashed over for a try un­der the posts.

UMS then lifted an­other gear and then from a re­sult­ing scrum in the Taupiri half fast hands al­lowed winger Har­ley Snow­den a dot un­der the posts. Taupiri then ap­plied pres­sure back on UMS and again were re­warded for their ef­forts with a well worked try to take the score to 30-19.

UMS knew that if Taupiri scored again the sea­son was over. They lifted for the last 10 min­utes on at­tack and de­fence and took the game.

All the for­wards shone in the UMS pack with Craig Ham­mond and player of the day Andrew Martin the best.

In the backs Tuhakaraina again led the team well and res­o­lute de­fence from Jamie McIn­tyre and Sean Tuhakaraina in the mid field sup­ported at the back by Ray­mond Tuhakaraina was pleas­ing.

UMS have the bye next week and are home to Frank­ton on July 12, a bonus point win is a must.

Spe­cial men­tion to the en­tire club spon­sors and it was great to have a win and their sup­port was ac­knowl­edged by the play­ers af­ter the game.

Point scor­ers Tries

Alex Bradley (2), Lsimeli Uluibau (1), Har­ley Snow­den (1), 2, and 2 Ryan Tuhakaraina.



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