Tire­less side over­come

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

The Pu­taruru Se­nior side trav­elled to lo­cal ri­vals Mata­mata to take them on un­der lights on Fri­day, and it was a chance for Pu­taruru to knock off a top-four side.

What a match-up it was! The early ex­changes were all up front, as both for­ward packs fought hard for dom­i­nance. The tight for­wards for the Pu­taruru side worked tire­lessly. Char­lie O’Rourke stood out mak­ing some big tack­les, and Tom White and Alex Gra­ham worked hard in the loose and turned over some valu­able ball.

Against the run of play Mata­mata opened the scor­ing with a try as Pu­taruru failed to put the Mata­mata big men on the deck.

Pu­taruru hit back with the try of the game be­fore the break. It came from deep within the Pu­taruru 22 me­tres, a grub­ber kick that was re­gath­ered by Mike White and dis­trib­uted through some hard- run­ning backs. The flow­ing back­line move­ment ended with JJ Moeke scor­ing in the cor­ner, and it re­ally got Pu­taruru back in the match. At 15-5 at half­time both teams cer­tainly had a bat­tle on their hands.

The sec­ond half was more of the same from both sides as both teams shared pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory evenly. The score­line favoured the Mata­mata side with 10 min­utes to go at 19-12, and the win­ning of the game for the Mata­mata side came as a sim­ple over­lap try gifted them 7 points. Pu­taruru blew a num­ber of scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Dropped passes close to the line marred what was oth­er­wise a dom­i­nant sec­ond half from them.

It was cer­tainly a fan­tas­tic dis­play of rugby from both sides, and the guts shown by Pu­taruru was rem­i­nis­cent of their sea­son. We look for­ward to some great rugby in 2013.

The stylish Pu­taruru Under21 side continue to travel well, knock­ing over their City coun­ter­parts Te Rapa 24-15.

It was a tight match but the class of the Pu­taruru U21s showed through. Their will­ing­ness to give the ball some air from any­where on the park makes for great view­ing, so get down and see them when you can. Their run to the fi­nals will be one to watch. Com­ing Events As the sea­son draws to an end the Pu­taruru Un­der-21s are well in the hunt for a semi­fi­nal berth. Prize­giv­ing this year will be held on Satur­day, Septem­ber 1. World Cup- win­ning coach Wayne Smith is our spe­cial guest.

The Rugby Club is hold­ing its an­nual bull calf spon­sor­ship scheme. Contact Eddie White if you wish to sup­port the club.

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