UMS pressure takes Old Boys close
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;