Gutsy win against Pukekohe

Matamata Chronicle - - Backyard Banter -

COMAG Mata­mata Col­lege 1 st XV pro­duced a gutsy per­for­mance against Pukekohe 1 st XV on the week­end, win­ning 16 to 15 in the first round of the Waikato – Coun­ties 1 st XV Cham­pi­onship.

This is a new com­pe­ti­tion with the top four 1st XVs from last year’s Waikato 1st Di­vi­sion play­ing against four Coun­ties 1 st XVs.

The win also saw Mata­mata win the Dion Muir 1 st XV Chal­lenge Tro­phy which they will aim to de­fend against St Johns 1 st XV this week­end.

Mata­mata started strongly and opened the scor­ing with a try to winger Ben Ma­son.

Kieran Holdsworth kicked two penal­ties in the first half, while Pukekohe scored two tries mak­ing the score 11-10 at the break.

Mata­mata found them­selves hard on de­fence in the sec­ond half. Ill-dis­ci­pline saw two play­ers yel­low carded for Mata­mata, but spir­ited de­fence meant Pukekohe were kept score­less un­til 5 min­utes from the end, when they were able to score a try.

With time up and Mata­mata down 15 – 11, Mata­mata passed the ball wide and Holdsworth was able to score the match win­ning try.

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