UMS score a ton in foul weather

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

UMS Reid and Har­ri­son Yard­mas­ter Pumps Se­nior A 100 Frank­ton 0

UMS hosted Frank­ton at Bed­ford Park, in the fi­nal round of the first di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship, in which can only be de­scribed as atro­cious weather and play­ing con­di­tions.

But you would be for­given for think­ing UMS were play­ing on a dry track as the 17-try romp, the ball skills and pace on dis­play were bril­liant to watch for those who braved the con­di­tions.

With UMS al­ready se­cur­ing a play­off berth the pre­vi­ous week, the win against Frank­ton was still im­por­tant as new com­bi­na­tions were tried, some be­cause of player un­avail­abil­ity, but more so to have some mo­men­tum into the play­offs.

One of the changes saw Sean Tuhakaraina mak­ing his de­but at lock. He looked like a sea­soned cam­paigner with his li­ne­out takes and his pace and speed in and around the rucks.

Straight from the kick off UMS gained pos­ses­sion and Tavita Latau scored from some great in­di­vid­ual play.

Frank­ton to their credit had sev­eral play­ers back­ing up from the B fix­ture and al­though they tried it was go­ing to be a long day in the mud.

Coach Ge­orge Simp­kin wanted UMS to keep their shape and set­piece com­po­sure through­out the game and this in most parts was

leading suc­cess­ful. UMS reg­u­larly scored tries in the first half, some bril­liant tries with mul­ti­ple phases and slick pass­ing through­out the back­line that took the half­time score to 50-0.

The sec­ond half was much the same.

Even though UMS were play­ing into a howl­ing gale they con­tin­ued with well-worked plays, es­pe­cially af­ter de­fend­ing for some pe­ri­ods of the half.

When they turned over pos­ses­sion the speed of the pass­ing al­lowed space on the out­side and nine fur­ther tries were scored.

With 10 min­utes re­main­ing both teams agreed to shake hands and ‘‘ full credit’’ must go to Frank­ton for mak­ing a game of it and the sports­man­ship at the end of the game was very heart­warm­ing.

UMS now go into the pro­mo­tion rel­e­ga­tion play­offs with next week’s game home to sur­prise pre­mier di­vi­sion cel­lar dwellers Te Awa­mutu Sports.

UMS are then away to Hin­uera the fol­low­ing week, which also dou­bles as the first di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship fi­nal, then away the fol­low­ing week to the other pre­mier di­vi­sion team Te Rapa.

These play­off matches im­por­tant to UMS.

Pro­mo­tion to the pre­mier di­vi­sion is some­thing they are aim­ing for and it is some­thing they can achieve if they play as well as they have over past weeks.

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Ev­ery player con­trib­uted to the game and they all played their part.

Direc­tional Drilling- Pear­son En­gi­neer­ing Se­nior B, de­spite los­ing to Frank­ton B, se­cured sec­ond place and will host Frank­ton B again at home next week.

Spe­cial thanks to all the sup­port­ers who braved the con­di­tions, es­pe­cially to score­board at­ten­dant Terry James.

Points Scor­ers Tries:

Te­vita Latau, Sam Brill (2), Sean Tuhakaraina (2), Ray­mond Tuhakaraina ( 2), Josh Gibbs ( 2), Ame­ni­ase ( 2), Alex Bradley, Jamie McIn­tyre ( 3), Ryan Tuhakaraina, Andrew Martin; Ryan Tuhakaraina (6), Sam Brill (3), Josh Gibbs (1).

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