Pol­ished per­for­mances se­niors’ best of sea­son

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By MICHAEL WHITE

Pu­taruru Se­nior A and B squads put on dis­plays that would rank as their best of the sea­son.

The Se­niors As were ea­ger to avenge a loss ear­lier in the sea­son to Mata­mata and this week the Pu­taruru side stuck to task and played a brand of foot­ball that they have be­come renowned for, a high­paced, quick-tempo game built around a mo­bile for­ward pack and silky backs. Some of the tries put on by the Pu­taruru side could have come from a high­lights reel. The con­trast­ing styles were on dis­play as the larger Mata­mata for­wards tried to get dom­i­nance over their coun­ter­parts, this wasn’t go­ing to be the case and the open­ing points were scored by a big for­ward ef­fort as a build up of around 10 phases took its toll on the Mata­mata for­wards and Alex Graham showed enor­mous strength to barge over from close range. Mike White and Stephen Mull­holand com­bined well in the halves to dis­trib­ute ball to backs with strike weapons all over the park. Stephen hav­ing a strong game showed how an ed­u­cated boot can place pres­sure on the op­po­si­tion and re­sult in points, two tries were scored off chip kicks that were well chased as the Pu­taruru side put down the ham­mer. High­lights of the match were prop Alex Graham run­ning off a back­line move­ment stepped the full­back to dot down and cap­tured a dou­ble. Snow Scheres again showed what vi­sion and blind­ing pace can do as he linked with Mark Watkins down the left flank and ran in from 50m to put the re­sult be­yond doubt.

The win at 34-12 was built around a big for­ward ef­fort as they pro­vided the backs with good quick ball who put on a dis­play of fast footy and ran Mata­mata off the park.

It was Pu­taruru’s most pol­ished per­for­mance of the year and a re­sult play­ers and man­age­ment are proud of.

The Un­de­feated Pu­taruru Un­der 19s played Te Rapa win­ning 7-5.

This week it is a dou­ble header as Pu­taruru are play­ing away in a lo­cal derby against Toko­roa, kick­off is at 7.30 Fri­day night then Satur­day Pu­taruru Se­niors host Piron­gia and the Un­der 19 host Hamil­ton Marist.

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