Big win for O¯haupo¯ in sec­ond round match

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

O¯ haupo¯ kick-started their Waikato di­vi­sion one sec­ond round cam­paign with an em­phatic 32-17 win over Te Rapa.

As ex­pected Te Rapa ar­rived at Me­mo­rial Park, O¯haupo¯ on Satur­day ready for a tough day af­ter just scrap­ing past the red, yellow and blacks in round one.

With all teams re­vert­ing to zero points for round two, it was a clean slate for both teams and a chance to stake a claim for a home semi­fi­nal and pos­si­ble home final.

Both teams looked to play ex­pan­sively on a ground rel­a­tively firm un­der foot and the weather dry and still.

O¯ haupo¯ half­back Scott Thomas slot­ted a three pointer af­ter 12 min­utes, fol­lowed smartly by Te Rapa scor­ing an un­con­verted try.

Jimmy Robert­son, with his pace and agility, chalked up the first try for O¯ haupo¯, only to see Te Rapa re­ply in kind and go to the break lead­ing 12-10.

With the bounce of the ball and those referee de­ci­sions that can go ei­ther way seem­ing to fall in Te Rapa’s favour in the first half, it was O¯ haupo¯ ’s turn come the sec­ond half.

O¯haupo¯’s con­stant pres­sure through com­mit­ted tack­ling and straight run­ning from the for­wards started to ex­pose Te Rapa and the cracks ap­peared.

Sean Collins, who again pro­duced a man of the match per­for­mance, dot­ted down af­ter a se­ries of pick and go’s from the for­wards, then winger Luke An­nan got in on the scor­ing in the cor­ner.

With five min­utes left on the¯ clock and ahead 22-12, Ohaupo¯ ran in two more tries, a sec­ond to An­nan with a lovely in­ter­cept from 20m out and one to full­back Lance El­rick who had a solid game.

Te Rapa man­aged to cross for a late con­so­la­tion try.

O¯ haupo¯ have a bye this com­ing week­end.

Next up is a home game against old foe Piron­gia on June 16.

ARTHUR UDEN PHOTO

Ohaupo¯ ¯ full­back Lance El­rick has Cam Eke­tone in sup­port as he races away to score one of his team’s five tries against Te Rapa at O¯ haupo¯ Do­main on Satur­day.

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