Use­ful week­end of col­lege rugby

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

COMAG Mata­mata Col­lege first XV played Te Awa­mutu first XV on Satur­day.

Mata­mata played with a strong wind at their backs in the first half and spent the first 20 min­utes on at­tack. How­ever, good de­fence by Te Awa­mutu and mis­takes by Mata­mata meant they were un­able to come away with any points.

The teams kicked a penalty each late in the first half and with time al­most up, Tana Tuhakaraina was able to bust through the de­fence to score a try that Jesse Holdsworth con­verted, mak­ing the score 10-3 at the break.

In the sec­ond half Te Awa­mutu made good use of the breeze and forced Mata­mata to de­fend their line. Af­ter a pe­riod on at­tack Te Awa­mutu were able to score a try, clos­ing the gap to 10-8. Mata­mata, hav­ing to keep the ball in hand due to the strong wind, were able to make their way to the other end of the field. Tuhakaraina capped off an ex­cel­lent game with his sec­ond try, ex­tend­ing the lead to 15-8.

Both teams had scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties late in the game but nei­ther team was able to take these, mean­ing Mata­mata came away with the win. It was a gutsy sec­ond half ef­fort by Mata­mata and re­serves Steve Ed­monds, Grae­son Tani­rau and Chase Pauro all made an im­pact when they came on. Tiki Kaukau, Kalino He­hea, Paul Blyde and Ryan Allen also had good games.

In other games, the sec­ond XV beat Cam­bridge High School sec­ond XV 41-8. Mata­mata scored eight tries with full­back Ben Ross able to fin­ish off five of these. Arana Poi was the stand­out per­former for Mata­mata, mak­ing lots of me­tres with some strong runs.

The Un­der 15s trav­elled to Hamil­ton and were able to beat Hill­crest 19-5. James Ray­mond, Luke Heaslip- Martin, Caine Ho­hepa and Joel Waru all had very good games.

The Un­der 14s re­mained un­beaten in their com­pe­ti­tion with a 36-10 win against HBHS Red. Josh Web­ber was out­stand­ing and was able to score four tries. Kodie Whara­papa and Sam Faza­ck­er­ley scored one try each, while Malachi O’Brien kicked well in tricky con­di­tions con­vert­ing three of the tries. Locks Tai Leaf and Gareth Watkins also had good games.

The U55kg team were nar­rowly beaten 27-15 by St Pauls. Kur­tis Pertab, Corbin Mor­gan and Ryan Black­stock were the best per­form­ers for Mata­mata.

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COMAG Mata­mata Col­lege first XV player Paul Blyde is lifted in the li­ne­out.

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