Don­ny­brook erupts to con­clude close match

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

McPher­son Con­trac­tors Hin­uera 24, Te Awa­mutu Marist 26

Played away at Castle­ton Park, Hin­uera suf­fered its sec­ond suc­ces­sive loss in a row, go­ing down to a team more com­mit­ted at Te Awa­mutu.

De­spite scor­ing four tries to three, the gold and blacks made far too many er­rors.

Two play­ers in par­tic­u­lar were guilty of ba­sic mis­takes, de­spite their longevity. Jonathon McGurk muffed two kick­off takes, while Benji Ole­sen muffed a cer­tain try when his el­bow touched the dead ball line, and hav­ing a pass in­ter­cepted for a try 95 me­tres later at the other end. By the 20 minute mark, Hin­uera were 12 points in ar­rears, Marist opened the scor­ing in the 5th minute with an un­con­verted try sim­ply by keep­ing the ball in hand.

By con­trast Hin­uera were un­set­tled, mak­ing ba­sic er­rors and forc­ing passes. A li­ne­out drive near the Marist line re­sulted in McGurk scor­ing, 12-5 Marist. A penalty kicked by the home team gave them a 15-5 lead at half time. This was ex­tended to 20-5 with a fur­ther try shortly af­ter the break.

Todd Allen, play­ing in his old po­si­tion of full­back, was re­turn­ing the ball with in­ter­est while Levi Kenare made a dan­ger­ous burst of 20 me­tres to raise hopes.

From a scrum, Zane Her­rick made ground, Allen chimed in for Ryan Wil­son to stroll over, 20-10 Marist in the 16th minute. A fur­ther penalty stretched Marist’s lead a minute later to 23-10. An­drew Tiddy scored, Toby O’Reilly con­verted, 23- 17 Marist with 20 min­utes re­main­ing. A fur­ther penalty to Marist with 8 min­utes re­main­ing made the game safe. Or so one would think.

Ole­sen was over near the posts but foul play ruled that out when a don­ny­brook erupted. A Marist player, subbed off, joined in. And was cited.

Hin­uera scored from a penalty try, 26-24 but ran out of time.

Her­rick was player of the day. B’s won 25-10, Colts lost 19-14 to Old Boys. Next week home to Sub­urbs.

UMS were up against a Hamil­ton Old Boys team look­ing to keep their semi­fi­nals alive as they sit on the cusp of the top four.

UMS have been play­ing some good rugby over past weeks and were look­ing to take the Old Boys out­fit close.

This wasn’t the case. With Old Boys a more fo­cused and ac­cu­rate team, they de­served their win and the points.

Early ex­changes favoured UMS and first five Emery utilised the wind with some ex­cel­lent kicks deep into the Old Boys 22. This rat­tled Old Boys, re­sult­ing in a penalty to Ryan Tuhakaraina. Old Boys re­sponded with a try soon af­ter. UMS looked good in the set phases. Ac­cu­rate throw­ing by Scott Robin­son al­lowed Michael Peters good ball at the back of the li­ne­out.

How­ever, Old Boys were fo­cused and their hardrun­ning backs al­lowed holes to ap­pear in the UMS back­line. With their out­sides on the top of the tryscor­ing ta­ble, they had speed to burn.

Des­per­ate de­fence from the back three of Stevens, Arnold and Vaimoso stymied sev­eral at­tacks by the Old Boys back­line. But even­tu­ally the ex­tra num­bers al­lowed sev­eral tries be­fore the half to take the score to 3-31.

Coach Simp­kin was not happy with the score at the half, but he knew as in past weeks UMS could get back into the game by hold­ing onto pos­ses­sion and be­ing ac­cu­rate.

How­ever, this wasn’t the case this week. UMS couldn’t get back into the game and Old Boys cap­i­talised on UMS’ mis­takes and dropped ball.

Even with the score as it was, UMS al­ways at­tacked the Old Boys with the ac­cu­racy they have shown over the past weeks. They were re­warded with a great try by Sailosi Baleisolomone.

UMS will take some learn­ing from this match but on a cold, blus­tery win­ter’s day that greeted UMS, the best place to re­mem­ber this game is in the mem­ory banks. It was hard to point out play­ers to shine as it was one of those games that didn’t al­low that, but of those that did Vaimoso showed some in­di­vid­ual hard run­ning in the backs and Les­lie McLl­roy en­joyed some good mo­ments.

Nest week UMS host Univer­sity. This will be a big day for the club as it’s also the inau­gu­ral Old Boys Day.

Point scor­ers:

Try S Baleisolomone; Penalty Ryan Tuhakaraina

For the UMS B’s match re­port, turn to page 22.

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