UMS pres­sure takes Old Boys close

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Reid and Har­ri­son/Waikato Stud United Mata­mata Sports hosted Hamil­ton Old Boys at Bed­ford Park over the week­end.

With the re­cent rain the ground was in great con­di­tion and UMS were look­ing at tak­ing this fix­ture against an Old Boys team, who them­selves have been strug­gling in 2015.

The last time th­ese teams met six years ago Old Boys put a huge score on UMS but the at­mos­phere was dif­fer­ent and UMS knew Old Boys were there for the tak­ing.

The first half was a tor­rid af­fair with both teams us­ing the ball on the out­sides ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and nei­ther team giv­ing any­thing away at the set plays.

Old Boys, as with all the city teams, play a well struc­tured game and looked im­pres­sive in their warm- ups but once the game started they were put un­der im­mense pres­sure from the dogged UMS de­fence. They coughed up the ball which al­lowed UMS great field ad­van­tage.

On the 10 minute mark Old Boys turn­ing over pos­ses­sion gave away an in­fringe­ment in the UMS red zone and Ryan Tuhakaraina was un­suc­cess­ful with his at­tempt.

Old Boys then put UMS un­der pres­sure at the other end but from a quick tap from a scrum in­fringe­ment, the ball was moved wide by the ex­cit­ing mid­field pair­ing of Jamie McIn­tyre and Chris Cros­dale. This gave Waikato’s lead­ing try scorer Sam Brill some space and a chip ahead al­most re­sulted in a try.

UMS con­tin­ued with the pres­sure to the Old Boys’ pack and out­stand­ing loose for­ward play by ex- Waikato Chiefs player Simms Dav­i­son and player of the day Chris Cawker caused Old Boys to be frus­trated.

UMS were steady at the li­ne­outs and they achieved good pos­ses­sion from the back of the li­ne­out with ac­cu­rate throw­ing from hooker Sam Rush, who hope­fully will be in the frame for the Waikato Colts squads.

The pres­sure on the Old Boys’ side­line also showed, with their med­i­cal staff wet­ting the ball ev­ery time it was a UMS throw to the li­ne­out, which wasn’t in the spirit of the game.

With the half com­ing to an end, the in­di­vid­ual bril­liance of the Old Boys’ full­back broke sev­eral tack­les to score a won­der­ful try.

In the sec­ond half, Old Boys started the bet­ter team and with more se­cured pos­ses­sions from li­ne­outs they used their backs well and man­aged a try in the 49th minute.

With the score at 0-12 UMS, used the boot to get into the Old Boys’ 22. The of­fi­cial had fi­nally had enough of the Old Boys’ ill dis­ci­pline and put their No 8 in the bin.

UMS then had mul­ti­ple phases and cap­tain Jamie McIn­tyre was on the end of a short side blitz to score in the clu­b­room cor­ner.

From the en­su­ing kick­off, UMS gained pos­ses­sion but didn’t find the touch. An in­fringe­ment in the tackle gave Old Boys the ball they needed, which re­sulted in a rel­a­tively easy try.

UMS knew they needed to be the next team to score and so there was some great gap run­ning by Cawker and McIn­tyre. A won­der­ful try went to mid­field player Cros­dale, who played one of his best games of rugby with his straight lines and dis­tri­bu­tion to his out­side.

With the side­line con­ver­sion by Tuhakaraina, UMS were back in the game 12-19.

Old Boys felt the lift in UMS and they couldn’t stop the open field play of the home side.

They gave away a penalty which was kick­able. UMS, how­ever, lost some di­rec­tion and al­lowed Old Boys the break they needed.

With 10 min­utes re­main­ing, Old Boys took four tight heads off the UMS pack and on two oc­ca­sions they scored from the scrum base, which was dis­ap­point­ing and al­lowed Old Boys to take the game 12-27.

UMS play away next week to Uni­ver­sity. Their next home game is in two weeks to Hamil­ton Marist.

Points scor­ers: Tries:

Jamie McIn­tyre and Chris Cros­dale;

Ryan Tuhakaraina.


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