Costly, lower league play holds team back

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

UMS Reid and Har­ri­son Yard­mas­ter Pumps Se­nior A 3 Te Awa­mutu Sports 55

If there was one word to de­scribe the United Mata­mata Sports match at Bed­ford Park against pre­mier side Te Awa­mutu Sports it was frus­tra­tion.

Un­der great play­ing con­di­tions UMS were ex­pected to make this con­test an even af­fair.

For those who saw the game they could hon­estly say in most parts it was an even con­test, but un­for­tu­nately the score­board didn’t re­flect the way UMS played.

Te Awa­mutu Sports, be­ing a pre­mier team, were ex­pected to dom­i­nate in the set pieces but it was UMS who dom­i­nated those facets of the game.

What cost UMS was the bet­ter or­gan­ised and slicker paced back­line of Te Awa­mutu.

Right from the start­ing whis­tle the game was cer­tainly a faster paced game. UMS be­gan the bet­ter team and were un­lucky not to score af­ter five min­utes with a well worked move and winger Sam Brill got close.

This was the theme of the day for UMS. So many chances to score but a mix­ture of des­per­ate and or­gan­ised de­fence from Te Awa­mutu com­bined with a lack of fin­ish­ing for UMS meant there would be no tries for the home side.

An­other frus­trat­ing part of the en­tire game was the of­fi­cials in­ter­pre­ta­tion at the ruck, which was hard to un­der­stand for the sup­port­ers and more so for the play­ers.

Each time UMS gained pos­ses­sion Te Awa­mutu played to the ref­eree and ei­ther in­fringed or put their hands in the ruck, cre­at­ing turnovers and ul­ti­mately scor­ing points.

Af­ter the game, cap­tain Alex Bradley said he was dis­ap­pointed at this part of the game how­ever, he recog­nised that UMS needed to take this as part of the game and learn from their frus­tra­tions.

How­ever, UMS can take most of the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the score be­ing al­most out of reach by half­time af­ter a num­ber of play­ers didn’t make first tack­les.

In the 1st di­vi­sion they may have got away with this, but play­ing a pre­mier side with pace all over the back­line and sup­port play, this was costly.

Te Awa­mutu gained an ad­van­tage with 10 min­utes to go in the half when they were only 3-17 ahead, but two costly mis­takes by UMS al­lowed two easy tries to take the half­time score to 3-29.

Coach Ge­orge Simp­kin willed his play­ers at the half­time break to get back in the con­test and to take their chances when on of­fer.

UMS again be­gan the sec­ond half the stronger of the two teams. But in al­most a blue­print of the first half when pos­ses­sion was turned over for what­ever rea­son, Te Awa­mutu had the sup­port and speed to run in sev­eral good sec­ond half tries.

UMS had nu­mer­ous chances at scor­ing points but the fin­ish­ing lacked some pol­ish. They de­served to score but that is the way rugby goes some­times.

A player to shine for UMS in the for­wards was out­stand­ing prop Josh Gibbs, who dom­i­nated his op­po­si­tion all game.

Sean Tuhakaraina again ex­celled in his new po­si­tion as lock both in the tight and loose.

The loose trio of Alex Bradley, Chris Cawker and Andrew Martin were cer­tainly as good if not bet­ter than their op­po­nents.

In the backs Tavita Latau played well against his Chiefs op­po­si­tion Rob­bie Fruean in the cen­tres and Jamie McIn­tyre showed di­rect run­ning and the out­sides of Ray­mond Tuhakaraina and Sam Brill had their mo­ments of bril­liance.

UMS look to take stock be­fore their next game against neigh­bours Hin­uera this weekend with the win­ner al­most guar­an­teed a pro­mo­tion in 2015.

This week’s game showed UMS has what it takes even though the score didn’t re­flect their ef­forts.

Direc­tional Drilling/Pear­son En­gi­neer­ing Se­nior B’s had a great win 43-12 over Hin­uera in the cur­tain raiser and will now look to go back to back in the fi­nal against Taupiri which is also away.

Points Scor­ers: Pen


Ryan Tuha-

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