Tough en­counter to start sea­son

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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.

REXINE HAWES

UMS and Fraser Tech pack down a scrum dur­ing their game at Bed­ford Park.

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