McPher­son Con­trac­tors Hin­uera 12 Taupiri 24

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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

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