Matamata College makes semi-finals
COMAG Matamata College 1st XV has qualified for the semifinals of the Waikato-Counties Premier Competition, following a 50 points to 10 win over Alfriston 1st XV on the weekend.
Matamata was able to dominate the first half and found plenty of space out wide.
Some good set piece work by the forwards and strong carries over the gain line laid the platform for four first half tries.
Henry Pou grabbed two of these and was unstoppable at centre, livewire halfback Rhys Dickinson and flying winger Yuki Yamazaki also dotted down for Matamata, making the halftime score 22 to 0.
It was much of the same in the second half with Matamata on the scoreboard soon after the break.
Prop Kalino Hehea made several strong runs throughout the game and he crashed over for a well-deserved try.
Oscar Morrissey, Henry Pou and Kieran Holdsworth also scored tries in the second half.
Holdsworth converted five of Matamata’s tries giving him a personal tally of 17 points.
Alfriston never gave up and were rewarded with two tries of their own making the final score 50 point to 10.
Others to play well were full- back Dylan Deed who was playing his first game at fullback, flanker Graeson Tanirau who was excellent at the breakdown and made some good carries, while hooker James Raymond made an impact coming off the bench.
Matamata under 15s had a good win against HBHS by 24 points to 15 to remain unbeaten in their division.
Matamata started well and scored two good team tries with the backs and forwards combining well.
Some good defence by both teams kept the game close, Matamata’s strong start proving the difference.
Tries were scored by Reon McMoses, Logan Webber, John Couch and Kodie Wharepapa.
George Samuels kicked a conversion.
The U65kg team are also unbeaten and won 43 to 12 against Cambridge at the weekend.
Try scorers were Andrew Schweizer, Dylan Ryan, Ryan Blackstock, Jordan Ruck, Dallas Mattock, Marc Russenberger and Kurtis Purtab. Kurtis also kicked three conversions.
Standout players were Ryan Blackstock, Ollie Parton and Dallas Mattock.