McPherson Contractors Hinuera 12 Taupiri 24
Played away at Murphy Lane, the gold-and-blacks rounded out their season with a determined effort which unfortunately came up short.
The first half was an all-action affair as both teams alternatively attacked and defended.
Numerous moves were thwarted by dropped passes.
Taupiri had the better of the first 40 but gritty defence restricted them to a 5-0 scoreline.
Benji Olesen featured in Hinuera’s only real chance on attack, keeping the ball in play from which the action was switched wide.
Travis Eggink and Todd Allen, who had a sound game at fullback, handled to keep the movement alive as Taupiri’s defence held up. Just.
Dwayne Underwood scrambled in defence to save a certain try with a solid tackle.
Hinuera’s scrum was under pressure, making life difficult for Eggink to clear the ball to his outsides.
An injury to Tate Payze meant a change at hooker.
He was replaced by Ricky Edwards, who during the season has played flanker, prop and now hooker, his preferred position.
Hinuera came up short of the line just before the break with