Tireless side overcome
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.