Mata­mata Col­lege makes semi-fi­nals

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - DARYL BENNISON

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.

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