Im­proved Leamington put paid to Hin­uera at Me­mo­rial Park

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

McPher­son Hin­uera Leamington 25


A change of venue to Cam­bridge’s Me­mo­rial Park be­cause Leamington hired out their grounds for Maadi Cup pur­poses, caused a slight dis­rup­tion for Hin­uera. Sev­eral play­ers were un­aware of th­ese ar­range­ments and ar­rived late, but a full team did take to the lush field.

Leamington were to be no pushovers, un­like the easy beats of pre­vi­ous years. Also, both teams were un­beaten.

The lo­cals made the early run­ning with en­ter­pris­ing back and for­ward play. The gold and blacks were for­tu­nate not to be trail­ing by more when the hosts muffed two kick­able penal­ties and bounce pressed a cer­tain try. As it was, Leamington led 12-3 at the break.

A quiet word here, a pos­i­tive sug­ges­tion there, changed Hin­uera’s mind­set in the first 10 min­utes of the sec­ond half. Flanker con­verted to lock Luke Gaenswicke, and cap­tain for the day Rhys Wil­liams, dot­ted down for tries, and Jar­rod McNaughton’s ear­lier penalty put Hin­uera in the lead 13-12.

The sin- bin­ning of Bradley Ed­mond­son ( Leamington) and Dwayne Un­der­wood ( Hin­uera) meant the hosts changed tac­tics. Maul­ing play, as so of­ten hap­pens, re­sulted in penal­ties against Hin­uera which turned into points, and a fur­ther two penal­ties and a con­verted try meant Leamington scored a de­served victory. The B’s also lost nar­rowly.

The next game is on Thurs­day night at Weal­leans Park against Pu­taruru.


Daniel McGil­livray earned 3, Luke Gaenswicke (2), Todd Allen (1).

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