Slow start but then Matamata take charge
COMAG Matamata College 1st XV played St John’s 1st XV on the weekend.
St John’s started well and mistakes by the Matamata boys gifted two tries to their opponents making the score 12-0 after only 10 minutes.
After this poor start the Matamata team then kicked into gear and were able to get their hands on the ball and were rewarded with a penalty that Josh Goodwin slotted making the score 12-3.
Matamata also defended well after a slow start and put pressure on the big St John’s players with excellent line speed and some strong tackles.
In the second half Matamata came out firing and were rewarded with a try in the corner to Rhys Dickinson after he snuck down the blind side and sprinted 20 meters to dot down, making the score 12-8.
St John’s then had a long period on attack but were held out with some excellent defence by Matamata. St John’s big forwards finally made it over the line to extend their lead. In the final 15 minutes Matamata were able to attack but some good defence kept them out. St John’s scored one final try after they were able to kick a loose ball and went the length of the field, making the final score 24-8.
Although not the result Mata- mata were looking for, it was a gutsy performance against a much bigger team. Forwards Steve Edmonds, James Tarrant, Bradley Fountain, Paul Blyde, Codee Pauro, James Thompson, Ben Brady and Tiki Kaukau all played well for Matamata. Rhys Dickinson had a good game at half back as did second- five Tana Tuhakaraina and Holdsworth.
In other games, the 2nd XV travelled to Hamilton to beat Hillcrest33-7. Trent Williams was the stand out performer for Matamata. Ben Ross also had a good game.
The Under-15 team beat HBHS
Jesse Red 33 to 12 after a slow start. They then dominated the game and scored some excellent tries in tricky conditions.
Prop Conrad Clark had a great game and was supported well by Caine Hohepa in the second half.
In the Under-14 game Matamata played Hillcrest and wet conditions made the game quite tough. Dropped ball and Matamata giving away penalties kept Hillcrest in the game, but Matamata were still able to score eight good tries to win 46-nil. Kodie Wharepapa led the way with three tries, Andre Te Kani scored two, while John McQueen-Couch, Te Aonui Muriwai and Lucas Thompson all scored one each. Good games were also had by Sam Fazackerley, Te Ramanui Turner and Josh Webber.
The U-55kg team rounded out a successful day for Matamata, beating Te Awamutu 39-0.
Try scorers were Ryan Blackstock ( 2), Cam Cresswell ( 2), Shelton Sankey, Jordan Chevis and James Yarndley.
Matamata College 1st XV player Josh Goodwin kicks for possession with Paul Blyde, Ben Brady and Rhys Dickinson in support.