Hinuera needs to improve discipline
Two evenly matched teams took to the field Wealleans Park.
Discipline versus defense was the order of the day. Hinuera lacked the former, Putaruru excelled in the former.
Despite this the Gold and Blacks made a promising start scoring the first points with an unconverted try to Dillion Leuchard.
A breakdown in concentration by Benji Olesen meant time in the bin for a professional foul. Penalties followed for Putaruru to lead 9-5 at the break.
New player Mark Nicholls and Jason Brady made surging runs in the second half.
In the meantime Putaruru kept banging over the penalties to extend their lead to 12-5.
Adding a try dashed Hinuera’s hopes with 10 minutes to go. A consolation try to Levi Henare made the final score 17-13. Nicholls was player of the day. Hinuera Bs has a dog-fight in the curtain raiser.
Locked at 7-all at the break, Jerry O’Reilly showed pace to out sprint team mate Leo for a try, the later scoring earlier. Result 17-7 to Hinuera. On field two the Reserves battled to a 36-all draw against Southern.
This weekend both As and Bs are away to Southern. Luke Gainswick and Tate Paynze received blazers for 40 matches.