UMS B’s se­cure first win of sea­son

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

UMS Pear­son En­gi­neer­ing/Mata­mata Di­rec­tional Drilling Se­nior B 15 Mor­rinsville Sports 5

With United Mata­mata Sports se­nior B’s fi­nal game of the sea­son, there were a cast of thou­sands in the team squad. This was also cou­pled with five play­ers re­turn­ing from in­jury which added an air of an­tic­i­pa­tion within the team.

With the main field re­served for the main fix­ture, the B’s played on the num­ber two in front of a big crowd.

They played their best game of the sea­son and were vic­to­ri­ous against a Mor­rinsville team five places above them on the ta­ble.

Mor­rinsville were the more struc­tured but the de­fence led by Shan­nan Mowatt kept out the early pres­sure on the UMS goal line. This was the cat­a­lyst for the win.

On the 20th minute mark, lock Ben Brill made a dom­i­nant tackle in the mid field, se­cur­ing the ball and run­ning 50 me­tres for a try, which was neatly con­verted by Mowatt.

UMS sensed this was go­ing to be their day. Soon af­ter, Sam Brill fin­ished off a good phase of for­ward and back play to dot down in the cor­ner.

Mor­rinsville then tried to strike back with a try of their own but the de­fence of UMS took a half time lead of 12-0.

Coach Allan Pryor made sev­eral changes to the team at half time and gave a speech sim­i­lar to Wil­liam Wal­lace be­fore go­ing into bat­tle. He wanted the boys to stand up and win this fix­ture, through de­fence and com­po­sure.

This was no more ev­i­dent than the de­fence of Te­vita at the for­ward ex­changes. This al­lowed front foot ball for Rob Longstaff at half back, re­turn­ing af­ter a long in­jury.

With Mowatt and fel­low mid fielder Ray­mond Tuhakaraina mak­ing the Mor­rinsville pack work from their own half, this again al­lowed pres­sure. Mowatt was given a chance to slot a penalty which took the score to 15-0.

Mor­rinsville then lifted their game and were re­warded with a try from a li­ne­out drive.

Dur­ing the re­main­ing 20 min­utes, Mor­rinsville looked to add fur­ther points but were de­nied by a UMS team want­ing their first win of the sea­son. This was achieved with the B’s win­ning 15-5.

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