Fi­nals vic­tory for rugby teams

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - STAFF RE­PORTERS

Mata­mata Col­lege Un­der 14 and Un­der 15 teams both won fi­nals at the week­end to take out their re­spec­tive Waikato Sec­ondary Schools Rugby Com­pe­ti­tions.

The Un­der 15 team beat Hill­crest High School in their fi­nal, 15-12, at home.

Mata­mata were up 10-nil at half time after a solid first-half per­for­mance.

Dion O’Leary scored a try after some good lead up work by the backs and for­wards com­bin­ing, while Ge­orge Sa­muels was on tar­get and kicked the con­ver­sion, then added a penalty.

Kodie Wharepapa scored a great long-range try in the sec­ond half to ex­tend Mata­mata’s lead.

Two late tries by Hill­crest closed the gap to 15 to 12, but Mata­mata were able to hold on for the win.

Half­back Nui WharawharaMuri­wai and first-five Ge­orge Sa­muels both had good games, as did Tai Leaf and Gareth Watkins.

The Un­der 14s trav­elled to Hamil­ton Boys’ High School and man­aged to come away with a well-de­served 28-10 win in their fi­nal match.

Mata­mata started the game well and were soon in the lead after a try by Kadaphi King that Matt O’Brien con­verted.

HBHS came back strongly, but good de­fence by Mata­mata kept the op­po­si­tion side score­less in the first half.

Fur­ther tries to Ethan Wal­lace and Matt O’Brien ex­tended Mata­mata’s lead to 21-0 at the break.

HBHS scored early in the sec­ond half, but a fourth Mata­mata try scored by Kyle Smythe put the game be­yond doubt.

Matt O’Brien made it four from four with the boot by adding the con­ver­sion.

A late try by HBHS rounded out the scor­ing mak­ing the fi­nal score 28-10.

The U65kg team fin­ished their sea­son in style with a seven tries to two, win over HBHS Red in their third place play-off.

Bai­ley Tuhakaraina grabbed three tries in the sec­ond half and Kur­tis Purtab kicked five out of seven con­ver­sions.

Other try scor­ers were Ryan Black­stock, Ri­ley Pratt and Jor­dan Ruck (2), mak­ing the fi­nal score 45-10.

Player of the day was Dy­lan Ryan.

PHOTO: LAWRENCE GULLERY

Mata­mata Col­lege Un­der 15s rugby player John Couch man­ages to get away from a Hill­crest High School tack­ler.

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