Vic­tory sends U15s to fi­nal

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - SUPPPLIED

Mata­mata Col­lege Un­der 15s pro­gressed through to the fi­nal of their di­vi­sion fol­low­ing a hard fought 8 to 5 win against Otoro­hanga Un­der 15s.

Half back Nui WharawharaMuri­wai and first-five Ge­orge Sa­muels con­trolled the game well with some ac­cu­rate kick­ing.

Dion O’Leary crashed over the line to give Mata­mata the lead and Ge­orge Sa­muels added a penalty.

Otoro­hanga scored late in the sec­ond half to make it a tense fin- ish, but good de­fence by Mata­mata kept the visi­tors out.

For­wards Tai Leaf, Gareth Watkins, John Couch and Jake Collings all had good games.

Mata­mata Un­der 14s will also have a home fi­nal this Satur­day fol­low­ing their come from be­hind 22 points to 14 win over Huntly Un­der 14s.

Mata­mata were be­hind on the score­board early after two con­verted tries to Huntly made the score 14-0. The big Huntly for­wards were start­ing to dom­i­nate un­til Mata­mata be­gan to move the ball wide.

This brought about two tries thanks to winger Ethan Wal­lace and some good hands by the Mata­mata backs. Quick taps also did the trick for Mata­mata and Matt O’Brien was able to get over the line after some fast think­ing.

He also kicked two con­ver­sions and a penalty to make the fi­nal score 22 to 14. For­wards Rory McLaren and Mariki Tuhakaraina had good games for Mata­mata.

The Un­der 65kg team had been un­beaten all sea­son but lost 12-10 against St Pauls in their semi­fi­nal.

Mata­mata U15s player John Couch runs the ball up against Otoro­hanga.

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