Hau­tapu kick off 2nd round with win

Cambridge Edition - - SPORT - LAWRENCE GULLERY

Rugby clubs play­ing at home used the ad­van­tage to score their first wins, in the first week, of the sec­ond round of Waikato club rugby’s premier divi­sion.

Only Hamil­ton Old Boys bucked the trend, de­feat­ing Otoro­hanga at Is­land Re­serve, lead­ing 10-0 at half time to fin­ish 21-17 victors on Satur­day.

It was the first time in a few sea­sons that Hamil­ton Old Boys had man­aged a win in Otoro­hanga.

Hau­tapu’s Premier A and B sides were at home at Memo­rial Park in Cam­bridge to host their Fraser Tech op­po­nents.

There were plenty of tries scored in the Premier B match ear­lier in the af­ter­noon, with Te Ranga Kihi-Si­mon star­ing on the wing for Hau­tapu.

Mid-field back Ge­off Beau­mont also had a strong game, set­ting up the ball from bro­ken play.

The Premier A game was a lower scor­ing af­fair, but that match also went to Hau­tapu, which car­ried on its good form from round one.

In the new Cham­pi­onship A com­pe­ti­tion, Hin­uera and United Mata­mata Sports ran a close game un­til the fi­nal 20 min­utes, when Hin­uera raced away, at Bedford Park in Mata­mata.

Hin­uera opened up a 14-point lead with tries to Kieran McHugh and Ma­siu Vanikolo, both con­verted by Matt Ring, at a point a minute.

Back roared UMS and with Hin­uera’s Hadleigh May sin­binned, they poured on the pres­sure.

A try to Ross Trump re­duced the mar­gin to 14-5.

Prop Craig Blyde touched down for Hin­uera’s third try and a penalty by Ring added to Hin­uera’s lead, which was 22-5 at the break.

UMS came out fir­ing, re­duc­ing the mar­gin to 22-12 with a try to Dan Thatcher, con­verted by Scott Dar­roch.

A penalty try awarded for col­laps­ing a maul set with the ball rolling and it was 29-12.

Then fol­lowed tries to Bradley Leuthard (2) and Ring (2) for a fi­nal score of 49-12.

Taupiri is also per­form­ing well in 2018 and hasn’t lost a game this sea­son. On Satur­day, the ti­tle con­tenders hosted Leam­ing­ton and won, 37-13.

Te Awa­mutu recorded two good wins against Sub­urbs, at Al­bert Park on Satur­day.

It started with Te Awa­mutu’s B side which picked up its first win, 15-10 over its op­po­nents while the club’s A side kicked off the new Cham­pi­onship round with max­i­mum points, win­ning 52-20 over Sub­urbs.

Univer­sity of Waikato Rugby Club had all of its five teams play­ing at home for the first time this sea­son for could only man­age a draw and four losses.

LAWRENCE GULLERY/STUFF

Te Ranga Kihi-Si­mon pushes off his Fraser Tech op­po­nent in the Premier B game at Memo­rial Park in Cam­bridge on Satur­day. Hau­tapu won, 50-41.

Hau­tapu’s Ge­off Beau­mont drives through the Fraser Tech de­fend­ers dur­ing the Premier B match.

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