Slow start but then Mata­mata take charge

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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

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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.

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