Mixed bag from col­lege rugby

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

COMAG Mata­mata Col­lege 1st XV trav­elled to Mor­rinsville on the week­end to take on Mor­rinsville Col­lege 1st XV. Play­ing into a strong breeze in the first half, Mata­mata were able to keep the ball in hand and build some phases. This led to two tries scored by winger Sireli Ku­rud­uadua and prop Bradley Foun­tain. Jesse Holdsworth added a con­ver­sion, while Mor­rinsville kicked a penalty mak­ing the score 12-3 to Mata­mata at half­time.

With the breeze be­hind them in the sec­ond half, Mata­mata were able to dom­i­nate ter­ri­tory and pos­ses­sion. This led to four fur­ther tries scored by Kalino He­hea, Ben Brady, Tana Tuhakaraina and Bradley Foun­tain.

Full­back Jesse Holdsworth had a good day with the boot in tricky con­di­tions, adding three fur­ther con­ver­sions, mak­ing the fi­nal score 38 to 3.

The Mata­mata scrum was solid once again and num­ber 8 James Thompson was a stand­out per­former, as was flanker Ben Brady and prop Bradley Foun­tain. Rhys Dickinson, Tana Tuhakaraina and Sireli Ku­rud­uadua all had good games in the backs. The team would like to thank Mata­mata Physio for their on­go­ing sup­port.

In other games, the 2nd XV had a good 20-7 win against Pu­taruru 1st XV. Lock Carl Tiddy car­ried the ball well and tack­led hard, while Wes­ley Howse and Trent Wil­liams also had good games in the for­wards. Backs Kieran Holdsworth and Ben Ross were good.

The Un­der- 15s trav­elled to Otoro­hanga and were beaten 40-17. Owen Velt­man was like an en­er­giser bunny for Mata­mata and was all over the field, while James Ray­mond had an ex­cel­lent work rate. Mata­mata never gave up and their fi­nal try was an awe­some team ef­fort with backs and for­wards com­bin­ing, end­ing with winger Braden Shel­ley scor­ing in the cor­ner.

The Un­der- 14’ s had another win, 31-5 away against Toko­roa. It was Mata­mata’s best per­for­mance of the sea­son with ev­ery­one play­ing well as a team. Dion O’Leary and Joell Poto were par­tic­u­larly good. Try scor­ers were Joell Poto (3), Kodie Whara­papa (2) while Malachi O’Brien and Josh Web­ber kicked a con­ver­sion each.

The Un­der-55kg team played HBHS Red in Hamil­ton and were beaten 24-5.

This Satur­day, June 20, four teams have home games at the Col­lege. Games are: COMAG 1st XV vs Te Awa­mutu 1st XV at 11am; 2nd XV vs Cam­bridge 2nd XV, 11am; Un­der-15 vs For­est View at For­est View, 10.40am; Un­der-14 vs HBHS Red, 9.30am; Un­der-55kg vs St Pauls, 10.40am.

Photo: SUPPLIED

Josh Tuhakaraina chip­ping with Tana Tuhakaraina chas­ing.

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