Frustrating day for UMS in final round robin game
United Matamata SportsReid and Harrison/Waikato Stud Senior A 5 Morrinsville Sports 29
Frustration and disappointment were the words to describe UMS’ final game of the round robin as they hosted Morrinsville Sports at Bedford Park over the weekend.
With a great crowd and UMS looking to get combinations secured before the playoffs, the home side were looking for their first win of the season against a Morrinsville team just failing to make the semifinals.
This was also a special day for Chris Cawker who was playing his 50th game.
In early exchanges both teams were throwing the ball around. Again, as it has been over the past weeks, UMS looked the better team and they were rewarded with a penalty to Joey Ramsey on the 15th minute mark.
Morrinsville were then allowed more possession and from a set phase scored a slick try in the corner to take a 3-5 lead.
On the 25th minute mark UMS were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty. Ryan Tuhakaraina saw the opportunity and made a quick tap. With the support of captain Alex Bradley, they made inroads into the Morrinsville half.
A nice kick through and thanks to another penalty UMS again made a quick tap.
From the ensuing ruck prop Sailosi Baleisolomone then barged over for a try.
UMS took the half time lead 8-5.
At the break coach Simpkins encouraged the way they were playing and urged the team to be confident that they could win and win well.
In the early parts of the second half UMS were again the better team. They were in a position to score on the 45th minute mark but a well taken intercept by Morrinsville’s open side saw them score a full length of the field try to take Morrinsville into the lead, which there never gave up.
This was also the time for the official, who had been having a good game up until this part, to award 21 penalties in the final 30 minutes of the half against UMS which resulted in UMS never seeing the ball again.
Morrinsville took advantage of this and just ground the UMS pack down which resulted in a further three tries.
Bradley couldn’t understand the penalty count and this made the second half a dour spectacle for all UMS supporters.
With replacements for UMS the official made another call from left field.
He had previously warned Morrinsville for coming through the ruck but he decided to sin bin UMS’ prop for the same offence.
But UMS didn’t give up trying. With what little ball they had they tried to score points.
Players to stand out were Leslie McLlroy in the loose and Chris Cawker for just being a menace all day for the Morrinsville pack.
In the backs Ryan Tuhakaraina played well in the half’s but the other backs had limited opportunities and were mainly a defence unit in most parts.
At the after match Daryl Hughes was given the honour of presenting Chris his blazer.
This was a great moment for all those there.
Bradley also acknowledged the Senior B win.
With next week’s fixture confirmed against 9th placed Te Awamutu Sports, UMS now need to focus on remaining in the premier division.
A lot of hard work is required over the next three weeks.
Try S Baleisolomone; Pen J Ramsey.