South­ern too strong on home turf

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - UMS RUGBY RE­PORT

United Mata­mata Sport A vs South­ern United, premier di­vi­sion, April 18.

Game two of the sea­son saw UMS travel to Toko­roa to play a fired-up South­ern United team.

South­ern came out hun­gry, and de­ter­mined to show that they de­served to have been moved up to the premier di­vi­sion this year.

They put on the first try of the match just five min­utes into the game.

A scrappy start by Mata­mata saw South­ern lead­ing 11-0 mid­way through the first half after a penalty and an ex­cel­lent field goal.

Mata­mata hit their straps soon after with Epeli Lotawa scor­ing a great try after a steady build up.

Three ex­cel­lent penalty goals, added to the ear­lier con­ver­sion, by Henry Foy, saw Mata­mata lead 16-11 at half time.

The first 20 min­utes of the sec­ond half was dom­i­nated by South­ern as they piled on four tries to lead 35-16 with the clock wind­ing down.

Mata­mata fought on and was re­warded with a try to Phillip To­go­to­gorua with time al­most up.

Try con­verted suc­cess­fully for a fi­nal score of 35-23.

Mata­mata will be some­what dis­ap­pointed as this was a game they should have won.

How­ever there were some pos­i­tives with Rhys Dick­in­son hav­ing an­other good game at half­back, and his re­place­ment at half­time, Michael Autridge show­ing what a good im­pact player he is.

Henry Foy’s three penalty goals and two con­ver­sions kept Mata­mata in the game and coach Simp­kin should have no con­cern about the goal kick­ing du­ties.

Al­though the Mata­mata scrum was strug­gling against a solid South­ern unit in the first half, the sec­ond half saw Mata­mata match the op­po­si­tion.

Michael Peters had a good sec- ond half at prop, a po­si­tion he only moved into this sea­son.

I ex­pect their scrum to con­tinue to im­prove as the sea­son pro­gresses.

Phillip To­go­to­gorua con­tin­ues to im­press with sev­eral great runs again this game.

The Mata­mata de­vel­op­ment team took a win against South­ern B 34-22. Well done lads. Sup­port­ers please head down to Bed­ford Park and sup­port the Mata­mata teams this Fri­day.

UMS De­vel­op­ment team 1pm and UMS Premier 2:45pm play­ing Te Awa­mutu.

-Re­port writ­ten by Merv.

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