Pu­taruru get their act to­gether

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

In hot, dry and dusty con­di­tions Pu­taruru Rugby Club hosted Leam­ing­ton on Satur­day. Rugby is a win­ter game but the play­ers will be won­der­ing when they will pull out the scarves rather than the sun block.

The se­nior As were look­ing for a bet­ter per­for­mance af­ter be­ing dis­ap­pointed against Surf in Toko­roa.

They started against Leam­ing­ton with more in­tent and the backs ran straighter lines and put more pres­sure on the de­fence.

But Leam­ing­ton had come to play too and they had the bet­ter of Pu­taruru in the scrums where the new scrum laws prove that a team with a hooker who is sharp can win tight heads.

Pu­taruru were up 12-3 by half­time.

The last 40 min­utes were all Pu­taruru, as they piled on the points.

Steven Mul­hol­land had a barn­storm­ing game pick­ing up two tries and fea­tur­ing in oth­ers while Ja­son Dixon showed ma­tu­rity on the wing in scor­ing one try and set­ting up an­other.

In the for­wards, the pack fol­lowed the lead of Alex Gra­ham who ‘‘mon­stered’’ his op­po­nents on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions. Tire­less per­form­ers like Richard Bloom­field, Ricky Baigent and new re­cruit Sam Rae were right in be­hind Big Al and they gave the backs plenty of ball to play with. The fi­nal score was 34-3 to Pu­taruru.

The B side had a messy but en­ter­tain­ing 27-0 win. New com­bi­na­tions and the fact that many play­ers for­got to pack their sun­glasses led to a scrappy game that was played in the true spirit of se­nior B rugby. It’s great to see so many play­ers at the club, and the sup­port on Satur­day was just fan­tas­tic.

Win­less against the ‘‘Hin­uera Hob­bits’’ for the past six sea­sons, Pu­taruru will be bank­ing on good sup­port this weekend.

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