Moments of drama in Hinuera matches
Hinuera, playing away at Leamington, hit a road block in this round, which was round three of the first division top six.
The match had its moments of drama, with the curtain raiser shifted from the bottom field because of an injury to Hinuera’s number 8.
He lay for 90 minutes awaiting an ambulance whose services were severely stretched.
The main game had its issues also. Last week Craig Bigham was in the limelight. This time fellow prop Josh Hawke had a turn. A punch missed by all smashed into his nose. He retired hurt.
Hinuera dominated the first quarter.
Benji Olesen’s third attempt at goal was successful, making the score Hinuera 3- nil.
The home team, bigger overall, cranked into gear to score two converted tries to lead 14-3 at half time.
Several midfield breaks by Hinuera in the second spell looked promising, especially the elusive running by Nigel Ross and Matt Ring.
Keiren McHugh scored near the posts to narrow the gap to 14-8. Lep Moana burst along the touch line in a last-gasp effort but ran out of support.
Next week Hinuera are home to Te Rapa.