Com­fort­able win for Piron­gia XV over Huntly

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Piron­gia posted a com­fort­able 39-5 win over Huntly, de­spite hav­ing to field a num­ber of B play­ers for the Waikato di­vi­sion 1A rugby clash.

Jesse Bright made an in­stant im­pact on his re­turn af­ter a num­ber of weeks off for study and re­cov­ery from surgery.

The classy cen­tre opened the scor­ing when the ball was spread wide from a set piece. Full­back Scott Sands cut through and off­loaded to Bright who had dou­bled around to score in the cor­ner.

Bright soon had his sec­ond try when he ran around the first line of de­fence and then around the cover. Un­for­tu­nately for the sea­son’s top try scorer, he didn’t last much longer be­fore re­tir­ing with a twinge to his ham­string. Hope­fully the in­jury won’t keep him out of next week’s big clash ver­sus O¯ haupo¯ .

The game then al­most be­came the Sam Hunter show when the winger scored the next three tries ei­ther side of half time. Firstly, given space on the blind­side in­side his own half, Hunter had too much pace for the Huntly cover de­fence and touched down in the left cor­ner with­out a hand be­ing laid on him. Full­back Scott Sands con­verted from the side­line.

His sec­ond try be­fore half­time was the re­sult of the in­side backs giv­ing him room on the out­side and he used his speed and block­bust­ing style to again score in the left cor­ner for a 22-0 half­time score­line.

Piron­gia cleared their bench over the first 10-15 min­utes of the sec­ond half giv­ing ev­ery­one the op­por­tu­nity to push for a place next week.

Hunter, now play­ing at cen­tre, was in for his hat-trick when he burst through and over the Huntly de­fence to score un­der the posts.

Mitchell Ur­bahn scored next when he came in off his wing to a mid­field ruck un­der the posts and sim­ply picked up and dove over for the five pointer. Ur­bahn had been at the races with fam­ily when he got the call at lunchtime Satur­day that another player had pulled out due to ill­ness.

Tom Kirk­bride, on at half­back for the sec­ond 40 min­utes, scored the fi­nal try when he broke from a scrum and used his pace to break the line and his strength to brush off the last de­fender to score. Ur­bahn topped off the day with the con­ver­sion.

Huntly had never given up all day and were re­warded with a late con­so­la­tion try.

Player of the day was Kay­den Moor­field who popped up all over the park on at­tack and in de­fence knock­ing over the big Huntly ball car­ri­ers. He was ably sup­ported by stand-in cap­tain Sam Gib­son and Cameron Coombes.

The out­stand­ing back was Hunter who may well have been player of the day had it not been for his con­tro­ver­sial sin­bin­ning for a de­lib­er­ate knock­down.

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