Hin­uera bow to pro­moted Sub­urbs

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

McPher­son Con­trac­tors Hin­uera 5 Eastern Sub­urbs 19

Hin­uera took on Eastern Sub­urbs – a team pro­moted from last year’s sec­ond di­vi­sion – away at Flagstaff.

The hosts had ob­vi­ously re­cruited well, with two large units in the lock­ing depart­ment, plus for­mer Melville coach Waisake Masirewe and son Nico.

Match con­di­tions proved the ab­so­lute worst, but play­ers were able to take high kicks and awk­ward passes which re­ceived high praise. The game was played in con­stant rain, which didn’t let up.

Hin­uera’s tac­tics of turn­ing the ball in field from the backs be­came an eas­ily read sys­tem, which Eastern Sub­urbs coun­tered. Ball turned over was pun­ished by their pivot, who thumped the ball down field. The gold and blacks were con­stantly hav­ing to turn them­selves around to re­turn said ball.

Toby O’Reilly did find some nice touch kicks that placed his team on attack, but un­for­tu­nately er­rors and turnovers nul­li­fied this good work.

The hosts scored in the 13th minute from poor de­fence, re­peated the dose from a charge down to lead 14-nil at the break. A fur­ther try in the sec­ond half from a kick and chase em­bar­rassed Hin­uera even more – 19-nil Sub­urbs.

Hin­uera kept it in the for­wards to get on the score sheet, Daniel McGil­livray scor­ing an­other one for Hunter – 19-5.

The hosts have leap frogged Hin­uera to now sit in fourth po­si­tion. It doesn’t get any eas­ier this week­end, with Hin­uera host­ing un­beaten South­ern. Noa Madanawa was player of the day. Other Hin­uera re­sults: B’s 23 Sub­urbs 7; Colts Uni­ver­sity 8 Hin­uera 5


Con­di­tions on Satur­day were the ab­so­lute worst, but Hin­uera put in a good ef­fort.

Hin­uera play­ers Levi Henare, Chris Jef­fries, Travis Eg­gink and Jerry O’Reilly go into attack.

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