Mata­mata se­cure win over HBHS

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

COMAG Mata­mata Col­lege first XV played Hamil­ton Boys’ High School Colts on the week­end and came away with a 26-12 win.

Mata­mata be­gan well and were able to score a try early. Af­ter some good work by the for­wards, Ben Brady crashed over the line. Jesse Holdsworth con­verted tak­ing the score to 7-0.

HBHS came back strongly and were able to keep Mata­mata pinned in their own half, but were un­able to score any points. When they fi­nally got out of their own half, Brady grabbed his sec­ond try, ex­tend­ing the lead to 12-0.

In the sec­ond half Mata­mata went straight on at­tack. With the backs and for­wards com­bin­ing well, even­tu­ally cen­tre Casey McNaughton was able to get over the line. Again Holdsworth added the ex­tras, ex­tend­ing the lead to 19-0.

Af­ter this, HBHS spent long pe­ri­ods on at­tack and were able to score two tries to close the gap to 19-12. With two min­utes to play and HBHS hot on at­tack, Mata­mata were able to kick a loose pass ahead and went the length of the field to score next to the posts with Ryan Allen grab­bing the bonus point try. Holdsworth slot­ted the con­ver­sion, mak­ing the fi­nal score 26-12 to Mata­mata.

In other games, the sec­ond XV were away to Otoro­hanga first XV and were beaten 55-7.

The Un­der 15s had a good win against HBHS U15 Black, 22-7. The Mata­mata for­ward pack had their best game of the sea­son and set a good plat­form for the backs to at­tack from. Wing Bray­den Shel­ley made some strong runs down the side­line and was un­lucky not to score on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. Try scor­ers were Caine Ho­hepa, Nic Thom­son, Tom Con­ner and Bai­ley Tuhakaraina.

The Un­der 14s also won, beat­ing HBHS U14 White 62- 5. For­wards Sam Faza­ck­er­ley, Os­car Mor­ris­sey, Tai Leaf and Gareth Watkins all had ex­cel­lent games. The best of the backs were wing Kodie Wharepapa and full­back Hay­den Aiken. Try scor­ers were Os­car Mor­ris­sey ( 2), Kodie Wharepapa (2), An­dre Te Kani (2), Tai Leaf, Malachi O’Brien, Joell Poto and Hay­den Aiken. Malachi O’Brien kicked six con­ver­sions.

The Un­der 55kg team trav­elled to Hamil­ton to play St John’s and came away with a well-de­served 12- 0 vic­tory. The scores were locked nil all at half time so two sec­ond half tries by Mata­mata were the dif­fer­ence.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

Mata­mata’s Cole Tuhakaraina cuts through Hamil­ton Boys’ High School play­ers.

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