Game went all Mata­mata’s way

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

McPher­son Con­trac­tors Hin­uera 7 Reid and Har­ri­son United Mata­mata Sports 55

Hin­uera hosted cross town ri­vals Mata­mata in the fi­nal of the First Divi­sion, play­ing for the Mooloo Shield.

In what can only be ac­cu­rately de­scribed as a one-sided af­fair, Mata­mata thor­oughly out­played their op­po­nents, dom­i­nat­ing all as­pects of play.

The pre­vi­ous three en­coun­ters had been close games, a draw mixed in with three and one point vic­to­ries to the gold and blacks. Not this time. UMS were well led by cap­tain Alex Bradley and di­rected around the field by Ryan Tuhakaraina. Hin­uera made the early run­ning but when awarded a penalty, Matt Ring’s at­tempt swung wide.

Mata­mata’s con­fi­dence grew as the game wore on and at one stage the ball was run from deep in­side their twenty-two. Half back Rob Flagstaff, given an arm­chair ride by his for­wards, fired out ac­cu­rate passes to Tuhakaraina to un­leash his backs. Holes be­gan ap­pear­ing in Hin­uera’s de­fence, Mata­mata run­ning in tries to Tuhakaraina (2) and Sam Brill to lead 17-0.

Hin­uera made sev­eral for­ays on the en­emy’s line, half back Travis Eg­gink go­ing the clos­est.

With Mal­colm Sankey sin­binned the mo­men­tum still swung Mata­mata’s way. Their backs were bet­ter or­gan­ised on at­tack and de­fence. A try was scored by fly­ing Fijian Lsimieli Uluibau from a sim­ple back move, Brill con­verted 24-0 to Mata­mata.

Toby O’Reilly was in­tro­duced for Hin­uera and had an im­me­di­ate ef­fect, Eg­gink scor­ing for O’Reilly to con­vert 24-7 to Mata­mata. Twas but a sim­ple glitch for the vis­i­tors who car­ried on the slaugh­ter. Cap­tain Bradley dot­ted down un­der the bar for a pop­u­lar try but an even big­ger cheer sounded when Mark Wil­cox scored. Jamie McIn­tyre, Ray­mond and Sean Tuhakaraina added tries, Brill con­verted three and the score hit 55-7. Hin­uera were stunned, Mata­mata ju­bi­lant and Ryan Tuhakaraina was judged player of the day.

Next week Hin­uera away to Te Awa­mutu Sports, Mata­mata to Te Rapa.

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