Spe­cial mo­ment for visi­tors

UMS bounce back from 7-22 down at half­time to se­cure win

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

For the first 10 min­utes both teams threw the ball around and tried to run each other off the park but great de­fence from both teams didn’t al­low any points.

On the 12- minute mark in what turned out to be a defin­ing mo­ment, Bradley re­ceived a knock which re­sulted in his de­par­ture from the field briefly.

Te Awa­mutu also scored the first try of the half.

Im­me­di­ately from the kick off UMS took con­trol of the ball and within two min­utes Bradley ran the di­rect route and barged over for a try close to the posts.

Joey Ram­sey calmly con­verted to make it 7-7 af­ter 15 min­utes.

For the next 10 min­utes UMS were the au­thor of their own mis­for­tune with missed kicks to touch from penal­ties, dropped ball in their half and silly mis­takes from the li­ne­out.

Te Awa­mutu were well di­rected by their classy first-five who seemed to have time and poise and regularly made breaks into the UMS back­line.

As a re­sult Te Awa­mutu scored tries on the 31st and 34th minute marks to take the half­time score to 7-22.

At the break Bradley asked them what they wanted. They all replied ‘‘ to win’’.

The sec­ond half you could have used all the sport­ing quotes in the book. Those from pre­vi­ous eras of rugby would un­der­stand

the 3 P’s: Pos­ses­sion, po­si­tion and pace. How­ever, on this day the 3 P’s for UMS were pas­sion, per­se­ver­ance and pride.

The sec­ond half of this game will go down in the short history of UMS as one of the club’s proud­est mo­ments.

From the kick off UMS through loose for­wards of Bradley, McLl­roy and Cawker fought for ev­ery pos­ses­sion and were strong on both at­tack and de­fence.

This was also as­sisted with sev­eral li­ne­out takes by lock Peters which al­lowed UMS time in the Te Awa­mutu half.

On the 47th minute mark UMS fi­nally got into the Te Awa­mutu 22 and from a great li­ne­out take by Peters UMS made their way into the red zone.

Prop Sailosi Baleisolomone was on the end of some good ruck work to score in the cor­ner to take the score to 12-22.

From the kick­off UMS made their way down the field from great hard run­ning form Vaimoso and McIntyre.

UMS were then awarded a penalty which Ryan Tuha- karaina neatly slot­ted to bring the game within seven points.

Te Awa­mutu were then given time in the UMS 22 which re­sulted in the home side se­cur­ing three points to take the score to 15-25 with 30 min­utes re­main­ing.

Fresh changes for UMS re­sulted in the visi­tors mak­ing in­roads.

What was the cat­a­lyst in the spec­ta­tors eyes was the spot tackle put on by Michael Peters on the Te Awa­mutu full­back.

This seemed to lift UMS and from a re­sult­ing scrum and great han­dling from McLl­roy, McIntyre, Sam Brill and then a re­verse pass to McLl­roy, who scored in the cor­ner. The score was now 20-25.

UMS man­aged to re­gain pos­ses­sion from the kick off and were al­lowed po­si­tion on the field due to in­fringe­ments by Te Awa­mutu. With Bradley as­sum­ing the role as Dan Carter, a li­ne­out in the Te Awa­mutu 22 fol­lowed.

Te Awa­mutu then tried the High­landers de­fence by not en­gag­ing in the li­ne­out drive of UMS.

The visi­tors pack then drove over from 15 me­tres out with Peters re­warded with a try, much to the dis­tain of the Te Awa­mutu team.

With the score now 25-all with five min­utes re­main­ing, UMS re­gained pos­ses­sion from Awa­mutu in­fringe­ment.

With three min­utes re­main­ing UMS gave up a long range shot at goal and opted for the li­ne­out.

Although not scor­ing from the en­su­ing li­ne­out, af­ter sev­eral com­posed pick and goes, re­place­ment prop Lo­toa Ali­imatafitafi drove over the line and with the fi­nal whis­tle straight af­ter UMS were the vic­tors.

On the fi­nal whis­tle it showed to all at the game what this meant for UMS – be it play­ers, man­age­ment, fam­ily and sup­port­ers.

The eu­phoric scenes of the vic­tory was some­thing to saviour.

This was the first time since the new for­mat be­gan that the 10th placed team has won a game against another premier team, be it reg­u­lar or in the pro­mo­tion rel­e­ga­tion.

With the five tries to three win UMS gain their first five points of the sea­son.

They have now put them­selves in the box seat to keep their premier sta­tus.

How­ever, they know the next two weeks against high fly­ing Leam­ing­ton and South­ern United is more im­por­tant than the win over Te Awa­mutu.

Next week UMS travel to Toko­roa to play South­ern United and a win will see them all but qual­ify, but it will be a tough as­sign­ment.

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