Club kicks off season in unbeaten style
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.
THE BOYS ARE BACK: Putaruru Rugby Club teams are yet to be defeated this season.