Improved Leamington put paid to Hinuera at Memorial Park
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).