Pu­taruru pulls off tough en­counter

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

The Pu­taruru Se­niors did bat­tle against Kere­one, and they were keen for re­venge to make up for a loss early in the sea­son.

It was a spe­cial week­end for the club with three loyal and hard­work­ing play­ers pre­sented with Blaz­ers for play­ing 30 games for the Pu­taruru Se­nior As. A mas­sive milestone for play­ers Shaun Dixon, Riki Baigent and Frankie Mer­ri­man.

The Se­nior A game had all the hall­marks of a hard footy bat­tle – the work started up front with for­wards hav­ing to mus­cle up against a very phys­i­cal and well-drilled Kere­one for­ward pack.

The loose for­ward trio of Tom White, Shaun Dick­son and Ricki Baigent again proved a hand full for the op­po­si­tion, win­ning the break­down bat­tle and we­re­all around the park on de­fence.

Li­ne­out ma­chine and player of the day Frank Mer­ri­man was dom­i­nate at line time, steal­ing two cru­cial balls which re­sulted in points.

This was a win built around the de­fence of the for­wards.

The Pu­taruru back­line at­tack was a real hand­ful with Kyle Sav­age at the helm at 1st-five di­rect­ing play ex­tremely well and was in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up hard-run­ning Chris Hodg­son for a try.

The win­ning of the game came from su­per boot Al­lan Gilchrist, nail­ing two long-range penal­ties to seal the win for Pu­taruru.

The fi­nal score at 16-13 was a real re­flec­tion of the qual­ity and tight­ness of the game, a real plea­sure to see some fine grass roots footy.

The Pu­taruru Se­nior Bs played against a solid Kere­one side.

It was an ex­cit­ing match as both teams were prepared to give the ball some air, and the crowd were cer­tainly en­ter­tained, un­for­tu­nately the home side couldn’t pull off the win go­ing down 17-12.

The Pu­taruru Un­der-21s ce­mented their place in the top 4 with a thrilling last-minute win against Univer­sity, 20-13. It was a game in which saw the lead change through the match.

The de­ci­sive mo­ment come when the Pu­taruru 1st-five Shey Luke Ellis chipped over the Univer­sity back­line and re­gath­ered the ball to score an in­di­vid­u­ally bril­liant try.

The club is very proud of this crop of ta­lent, so get down and see them when you can.

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