Club kicks off sea­son in un­beaten style

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The Pu­taruru Rugby Club has kicked off in style with nei­ther se­nior side tast­ing de­feat from their first two games.

The Pu­taruru se­nior B side took on Frank­ton in Hamil­ton. The hard work was done up front with the for­ward pack do­ing the dam­age. Ja­son Bar­barich, Shane Mathis and man of the match Shane Watkins added some real starch to the for­wards, they laid an in­cred­i­ble plat­form for the backs with rolling mauls and mas­sive scrums.

Al­lan Gilchrist was the stand­out in the backs mak­ing some try-sav­ing tack­les and in­ci­sive runs with ball in hand. As new com­bi­na­tions form, the team will no doubt de­velop into a very com­pet­i­tive unit. Pu­taruru ran away with this game win­ning 42-10.

In the Premier match against Frank­ton the Pu­taruru side went into the game want­ing to ce­ment com­bi­na­tions and im­prove on the pre­vi­ous week’s per­for­mance, and im­prove they did. The Pu­taruru side’s dom­i­nance of the game was built around an­other fine show­ing from the for­ward pack, par­tic­u­larly through cap­tain Tom White who led the way in de­fence, Richard Colebrooke who was a de­stroyer at the break down and man of the match Shaun Dixon. Dixon made nu­mer­ous busts with ball in hand and was a con­stant thorn in the op­po­si­tion’s sides at the break­down. The ef­fort up front en­abled the points to flow in the back line with 44 unan­swered points.

In the backs Tim Mcivor mar­shalled the back line and cleared the line with ac­cu­rate long rack­ing punts.

Brad Karl step­ping up from the un­der-21 side was a rock in the mid-field, and with Stephen Mulholland at his out­side he showed what a real me­tre eater he was at cen­tre, break­ing the ad­van­tage line and of­ten man­ag­ing to off­load to play­ers in sup­port.

It was a game that flowed well, with Pu­taruru keep­ing the mo­men­tum up, and the con­ti­nu­ity shown be­tween backs and for­wards this early in the sea­son is en­cour­ag­ing.

The club would like to ac­knowl­edge Waikato Maori un­der- 21 play­ers Shaun Dixon, Richard Bloom­field, Shey Luke El­lis and Re­gan Carter. Spe­cial men­tion must be made to Shaun Dixon who has made the New Zealand Maori un­der 21- team, a huge achieve­ment and we are proud to call him a Pu­taruru player.

We wel­come all play­ers who are keen to train and play hard so get along to the Pu­taruru Rugby Club on Tues­day or Thurs­day at 6.30pm and get in­volved.

This week the Pu­taruru Un­der21s en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion against fel­low 2011 fi­nal­ists Hamil­ton Marist.

The Pu­taruru Se­nior sides face off against Leam­ing­ton in Cam­bridge, with kick off at 1pm.

Photo: FLORENCE KERR/SOUTH WAIKATO NEWS

THE BOYS ARE BACK: Pu­taruru Rugby Club teams are yet to be de­feated this sea­son.

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