Dad’s Army saves UMS Se­nior Bs

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

UMS Se­nior B Mata­mata Di­rec­tional Drilling/Pear­son En­gi­neer­ing 10 Old Boys 41

UMS Se­nior B’s have been en­joy­ing some very com­pet­i­tive matches through­out their sea­son, but none more than Satur­day’s game against a young and fit Old Boys out­fit.

With sev­eral play­ers out with com­mit­ments, the B’s stal­wart Shanan Mowatt called up the troops.

There were cer­tainly a few ref­er­ences to Dad’s Army and Jenny Craig, but their ex­pe­ri­ence cer­tainly rat­tled their younger op­po­nents.

Right from the start the front row of Ali­imatafitafi, Wil­son and Wil­cox took it up the mid­dle and put their younger op­po­nents on the back foot, dom­i­nat­ing the rucks, mauls and scrums.

With Laiseni bust­ing up the mid­dle it al­lowed the other for­wards of Dou­glas and Smart to make in­roads.

It took well into the later parts of the first half for Old Boys to put points on the board. How­ever, UMS had the last laugh be­fore half­time with young gun Joey Ram­sey run­ning in a 80-me­tre try from a well timed in­ter­cept.

The half­time score of 5-26 did not change un­til the 67th minute mark and again at the 75th minute mark.

UMS then took the last few min­utes to the Old Boys for­ward pack. Out­sides Ram­sey, Wil­son and Te Patu took on their op­po­si­tion with skill and bal­ance, al­low­ing front ball for Mowatt. A great try by Jor­don Teringa re­sulted af­ter the ball passed through 15 sets of hands.

This hasn’t been an easy sea­son for the Bs, but they must be ad­mired for their per­se­ver­ance over the weeks.

At the af­ter­match Mowatt made men­tion of the weight for age team on the field and ap­plauded the ef­forts of the added ad­di­tions.

Point scor­ers: Ram­sey, J Teringa.



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