Victory sends U15s to final
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.