Brady yet again plays pearler game
McPherson Contractors Hinuera 17 Southern United 7
Played at Wealleans Park, the gold and blacks weathered a spirited challenge from the Southern team.
The visitors took advantage of the strong westerly in the first spell to pin the locals in their half with long kicks.
Whenever Hinuera were gifted penalties, Toby O’Reilly’s kicks for touch made it safely but not with ground achieving results. Several players were unavailable because of work commitments, sorely straining Hinuera’s resources.
One player who week in, week out plays with high intensity is Jason Brady. Playing at No. 8, he often protected his half back Travis Eggink when Hinuera’s under-weighted scrum went into reverse.
Both players surprised their opponents with speed off the mark, forays deep into enemy territory.
But it was the visitors who struck first with a well-weighted chip kick in behind Hinuera’s defence to score and convert 7-nil Southern in the 15th minute.
Southern perhaps overdid the long ball kick and chase tactic. They also helped Hinuera’s cause with knock-on’s, forward passes, discussing matters with the touch judge and kicking the ball dead.
Running the ball out of their own 22 proved costly, especially with burglar O’Reilly on the prowl. Twice he gathered in balls, once in each half. Hinuera’s fitness was also a telling factor.
Matt Ring made a telling burst, Nigel Ross was thwarting Southern’s attack with solid tackles which lead to indiscretions. From one of these O’Reilly pounced, ripping the ball from his opponent, turned, sprinted for the line and scored. Ring converting, seven all at half time. A no arm’s tackle on player of the day Noa Madanawa meant a 10 minute spell for a Southern player from which Hinuera launched their attacks.
O’Reilly goaled from the ensuring penalty, 10-7 Hinuera in the 46th minute. He also nailed a seven pointer when intercepting a Southern pass to wrap up the game at 17-7.
The last 20 minutes were a scrappy affair. At one stage all three O’Reilly brothers made it to the field. Next week away to Leamington.