Useful weekend of college rugby
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.
COMAG Matamata College first XV player Paul Blyde is lifted in the lineout.