Frus­trat­ing day for UMS in fi­nal round robin game

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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.




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