Hinerua go through fire for vic­tory

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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.

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