Mata­mata scores win

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

COMAG Mata­mata Col­lege 1st XV faced last year’s Top 8 win­ners HBHS 2nd XV and came away with a well-de­served 18-13 vic­tory.

Mata­mata started strongly and went into the half time break leading 10-6, thanks to a long range penalty and con­ver­sion by Lo­gan Allen as well as a try to cap­tain James Adling­ton af­ter a strong run.

In the sec­ond half some good car­ries by Steve Ed­monds and Ben Brady got Mata­mata on the front foot and they were well sup­ported by the rest of the for­ward pack who were strong at the break­down and were able to force sev­eral turnovers.

Allen added an­other penalty to ex­tend the lead to 13-6. Soon af­ter this Jesse Holdsworth fin­ished off nicely out wide af­ter backs and for­wards had com­bined well, mak­ing the score 18-6. Mata­mata de­fence was a fea­ture and it wasn’t un­til the fi­nal play of the game that HBHS were able to cross Mata­mata’s line, mak­ing the fi­nal score 18-13.

Ex­cel­lent set phase play by the for­wards meant Mata­mata had plenty of ball, and player of the day Adling­ton was well sup­ported by the pack. Rhys Dickinson had a good game at half­back and mid field­ers Luke Arnold and Alex Thrupp were strong on both at­tack and de­fence.

In other games, Mata­mata 2nd XV lost nar­rowly 21-19 against St Peters 2nd XV. Chase Pauro played well at first-five. Blake Bot­tom­ley and Kere Kaukau also played well.

The Un­der 15’s trav­elled to Hamil­ton to play HBHS White and were beaten 32-19. Jayden Todd, Ke­rian Holdsworth, Grae­son Tani­rau and Jared Tuhakaraina all had good games.

Mata­mata un­der 14’ s played HBHS U14 B and lost 25-5. Ben Ross, Tri­nite Ihaka and An­dre Te Kani played well.

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