Mo­ments of drama in Hin­uera matches

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

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.

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