Cel­lar dwellers UMS give Otoro­hanga a tough game

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

UMS Reid and Har­ri­son/Waikato Stud 17 Otoro­hanga 27

could feel an up­set on the cards.

All over the field UMS dom­i­nated the set phases and Otoro­hanga fell off tack­les. UMS fi­nally re­ceived a penalty on the 54th minute, which re­sulted in rap­tur­ous ap­plause from the crowd.

This had a di­rect ef­fect on the game and had away sup­port­ers scratch­ing their heads, won­der­ing why UMS were so far down the ta­ble.

This also was helped by the in­jec­tion from a fresh bench, with re­place­ments Lo­toa Ali­imatafitafi and Re­witi Vaimoso. Ali­imatafitafi in par­tic­u­lar al­lowed out­stand­ing lock Michael Peters the abil­ity to chal­lenge the li­ne­outs. He took three op­po­si­tion throws in a row that al­lowed UMS pres­sure and pos­ses­sion. Jamie McIn­tyre scored the first of his tries from slick pass­ing and ef­fort on the 57th minute mark.

The kick­off was cru­cial and UMS gath­ered this and at­tacked Otoro­hanga from all over the park. With the added pos­ses­sion from li­ne­outs and dom­i­nant scrum, UMS got into op­po­si­tion ter­ri­tory and with com­po­sure at rucks, McIn­tyre se­cured his sec­ond try which was neatly con­verted from the side­line by Ryan Tuhakaraina.

With the score at 17-22 with 10 min­utes re­main­ing, Otoro­hanga were un­der pres­sure.

With added pos­ses­sion UMS had an op­por­tu­nity to take the game with a break out from their 22 or­ches­trated by Vaimoso.

Otoro­hanga then se­cured the ball and used it well in the fi­nal mo­ments, scor­ing a great try in the cor­ner.

With min­utes re­main­ing UMS led by Alex Bradley and Ali­imatafitafi took the di­rect route look­ing for the bonus point try. They just fell short with the game end­ing 17-27.

UMS were buoyed by the per­for­mance. Af­ter the game, Bradley said the team were awe­some and he was so proud of the boys.

Play­ers to im­press cer­tainly be­gan with McIn­tyre, as­sisted by the slick and ex­cit­ing in­side com­bi­na­tion of Tuhakaraina and Sharman Emery.

In the for­wards ev­ery­one played their part. Hav­ing fresh re­serves cer­tainly added to the per­for­mance and once pos­ses­sion was al­lowed, the pack looked like a team that didn’t be­long at the bot­tom of the ta­ble.

Coach Dar­ryl Hughes knew it was one that got away, but af­ter the whis­tle UMS took some time away from the field and the coaches sung their praises for their ef­forts.

If UMS had to take a tem­plate of a team that strug­gled in their first five years in the pre­mier grade it was Otoro­hanga, but with the sup­port of the com­mu­nity and re­main­ing as a pre­mier team, great things can be achieved.

UMS host Te Awa­mutu next week­end.

Point Scor­ers: Tries: Jamie McIn­tyre 2, Sailosi Baleisolomone, Con: Ryan Tuhakaraina

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