Hin­uera fall short de­spite de­fence

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Levi Henare play­ing at flanker, a force.

Taupiri in­creased their lead with a con­verted try in­volv­ing six phases of play to make it 12-0 in the 45th minute.

A soft try to the hosts by their first-five when he ducked, dived and swerved to score be­neath the posts to make it 19- 0 dented Hin­uera’s pride but not their re­solve.

Ole­sen made a long run of 20 me­tres but couldn’t find any run­ners but his cap­tain Zane Her­rick did the dam­age with a fine solo 25 me­tre burst to score un­touched, 19-5 to Taupiri.

Jared McNaughton’s con­ver­sion hit the up­right.

A dust-up in­volv­ing Noa Made­nawa meant he and his op­po­nent glared at each other from op­po­site ends of the field for 10 min­utes. Taupiri scored a fourth try, 24-5 in the 75th minute.

Hin­uera had the fi­nal say when Josh Hedge in­ter­cepted a pass, set play with ball in hand from the 10 me­tre mark with McNaughton scor­ing and con­vert­ing, Taupiri 24-12.

Brae­don Coates’s bat­tered body cried enough shortly be­fore full time. His shoul­der had trou­bled him all sea­son. McNaughton was player of the day.

The B’s lost 27-10. They play Leam­ing­ton away next week.

Colts were 23- 21 against Sub­urbs.

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