Hinerua go through fire for victory
McPherson Contractors Hinuera 15 Te Rapa 10
Hinuera hosted Te Rapa in the first round of promotion-relegation rugby and came away with a hard fought victory.
The game was filled with drama even before the match had begun. Because of farming commitments, Hinuera asked for an early start time. Te Rapa said no. Enter Craig Bigham. Whatever words his cousin Brent Moss spoke into his ear, they surely worked. Bigham answered the call and lasted well considering he’d not played for two years.
Another person who also stood tall was Khan Underwood. Normally a prop, he filled in as lock.
Hinuera went on the attack from the first whistle, spreading the ball wide.
Camping in Te Rapa’s territory, Fergus King pounced upon a bad pass by halfback Shaun Welker to his No. 10 which went to ground.
In a flash, King gathered in the ball and sprinted away to score, Matt Ring converting.
First blood to Hinuera in the 16th minute, 7-nil. This lead was soon snuffed out however, with Te Rapa centre Harrison Lafituanai slicing through Hinuera’s defence with ease for two tries inside five minutes, Te Rapa 10-7. Ring goaled a penalty in the 30th minute for a 10-all half time score.
Hinuera’s scrum was under extreme pressure which was counter managed by Te Rapa’s poor discipline, they being marched twice for back chat.
Ring had three chances to break the deadlock with penalties, the height was correct but the direction was awry.
Noa Madanawa, replacing the injured King, made a strong burst which Benji Olesen capitalised upon for a try in the 63rd minute, Hinuera 15-10. Underwood was player of the day. He and Ryan Wilson were presented with their blazers after the game.
Next week, home to Matamata.