Hinuera take early lead with Putaruru chase not enough
McPherson Contractors Hinuera 36 Putaruru 8
First off, an apology. Ricky Edwards was player of the day the week before against Leamington.
Hinuera hosted Putaruru at Weallean’s Park on Thursday night. Both teams were willing to run the ball whenever possible. Perhaps Putaruru felt the sting of Hinuera’s loss the previous week, or maybe the return of Zane Herrick fired up the troops.
Whatever the reason, the gold and blacks began the match in more promising fashion that it had achieved in previous weeks. The game was helter skelter, with handling errors. Putaruru also entered into the spirit but couldn’t finish off their hard work.
Hinuera took an early lead when Andrew Tiddy led the way with a burst up field, Josh Hedge scoring in the fifth minute.
Todd Allen scored next with clever interplay amongst backs and forwards. Jarrod McNaughton converting - Hinuera 12-nil in the 12th minute.
Putaruru tried running the ball, but Hinuera’s defence pushed them sideways. Constant pressure did result in a penalty before half time, 12- 3 to Hinuera. McNaughton increased Hinuera’s lead with a penalty, 15-3, then Putaruru scored a well-deserved try to lessen the gap, 15-8 Hinuera. Ryan Wilson made up for this quiet game the previous week to dot down, Hinuera 20-8 in the 20th minute.
Putaruru lived dangerously in their own quarter and paid the price with further tries to Hedge and Bradley Leuthard, three conversions to McNaughton bringing the hosts score to 36-8.
Hedge was player of the day. Next week, home to Te Awamutu Marist.