Hin­uera show heart in their de­feat

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

McPher­son South­ern 49

Con­trac­tors

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22

Played at Toko­roa, Hin­uera met sec­ond placed South­ern and came up against a bat­ter­ing ram.

From the open­ing whis­tle the hosts for­wards surged on to the at­tack with a rolling maul which trav­elled 40 me­tres, show­ing they meant busi­ness.

Twenty min­utes passed be­fore the gold and blacks touched the ball, by which time South­ern had racked up 24 points.

With a cleaver chip

in be­hind the op­pos­ing back­line, Dwayne Un­der­wood won the race to the ball and scored in the 24th minute, South­ern 24-5.

A fifth try was added, 29-5. The hosts were a well drilled side at­tack­ing on the fringe of rucks with big ball run­ners or down the blind side to bat­ter Hin­uera unceas­ingly. Oc­ca­sion­ally the ball was spun along their back­line, where they had a very tricky run­ner on the left wing. A pa­tient buildup se­cured a sixth try, 34-5 at the break.

Jared McNaughton had op­por­tu­ni­ties to ig­nite his back­line but it wasn’t un­til the 50th minute that right winger Josh Hedge touched the ball.

This led to Benji Ole­sen danc­ing and div­ing be­fore be­ing stiff armed.

From the re­sult­ing penalty Hin­uera were dis­pos­sessed, then had the mor­ti­fi­ca­tion of trudg­ing back to their goal line as South­ern ran the length of the field for an out­stand­ing try.

Two fur­ther tries fol­lowed, 49-5 in the 60th minute.

Then Hin­uera de­cided enough was enough.

It was al­most as though a men­tal switch was pressed and a vow taken – do not let them score 50.

A move deep in Hin­uera’s ter­ri­tory was be­gun by Khan Un­der­wood, and fin­ished 80 me­tres later by his brother Dwayne, hav­ing passed through Zane Ker­rick and McNaughton’s hands.

Jake O’Reilly, not to be out­done, won counter at­tack­ing ball, McNaughton in­ter­cepted a South­ern pass to race 60 me­tres, but lacked energy to con­vert his own try, South­ern 49-15.

Dared we hope? Bonus point try with two min­utes re­main­ing?

Luke Gaenswicke pro­vided the an­swer, McNaughton con­verted 49-22 South­ern.

Although com­pre­hen­sively beaten, Hin­uera showed heart. Hay­den McPhail was player of the day. Other re­sults: B’s 38- 17, Colts lost 75-5 to Marist. Next week, home to Frank­ton.

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