Tough encounter to start season
The first game of the year saw Matamata put up a spirited fight against Fraser Tech, eventually going down 20-19.
It was a ‘‘game of two halves’’ with the half-time score sitting at 20-7 and Fraser Tech looking like they may take a comfortable win over the Matamata team.
However, Matamata was given a good shake up at half-time by coach George Simpkin and the players came out ready.
Eleven minutes into the first half saw a try to Rupeni Vakacegu, following a penalty against Fraser Tech. Prior to this, field position was improved due to great run by Rhys Dickinson. The conversion was on target to put Matamata ahead 7-6.
Matamata missed scoring again with Phillip Togotogorua bolting towards the try line only to be bundled out a few metres from the try line. Penalties against Matamata, and a try, saw Fraser Tech leading at half-time.
Matamata held Fraser Tech scoreless in the second, and put on two tries to come within one point of drawing the match.
Matamata’s great defence held Fraser Tech out. Matamata put on two further tries, one each to Sereli Kyryduadua and Sailosi Baleisolomoni, the latter being converted by Sharman Johnson. Of further note was some excellent runs by Les McIlroy who pierced the Fraser Tech defence several times.
UMS and Fraser Tech pack down a scrum during their game at Bedford Park.