Close call as Se­nior A vic­to­ri­ous over Frank­ton

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By MICHAEL WHITE

Pu­taruru Se­nior A won a hard fought en­counter against a de­ter­mined and ag­gres­sive Frank­ton side in Hamil­ton on Satur­day.

Tim McIvor opened the scor­ing with a penalty af­ter a se­ries of for­ward drives when Frank­ton were caught off­side. Frank­ton replied with a con­verted try af­ter some smart back play. The half-time score was 3-7 as both sides failed to con­vert op­por­tu­ni­ties into points.

In the sec­ond half, Alex Graham charged over to score a great try af­ter an­other for­ward at­tack for Pu­taruru to take the lead. Pu­taruru scored a fur­ther try from a well­worked move where Shaun Dixon linked with the Watkins brothers to ex­tend the lead.

Frank­ton weren’t giv­ing up and scored again af­ter a for­tu­itous bounce to close the gap to 13-12. This made for a ner­vous last 10 min­utes, how­ever Pu­taruru were good enough to hold on.

The game was marred by sev­eral in­ci­dents of foul play by the hosts and Pu­taruru did well to main­tain dis­ci­pline and not re­tal­i­ate.

In the for­ward pack Alex Graham and Jimmy McCreery stood out, while Andrew White was solid at the back.

In the ear­lier games, Pu­taruru Se­nior B beat their Frank­ton coun­ter­parts 39-22 and at Melville the Pu­taruru Un­der 19 won 66-0.

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