Putaruru get their act together
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.