UMS B’s secure first win of season
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.