Vic­tory slips away in fi­nal min­utes

Piako Post - - WEEKEND SPORT - CLUB RUGBY

Mor­rinsville Sports As vs Fraser Tech As

Mor­rinsville trav­elled to Hamil­ton to take on Fraser Tech and this game held an ex­tra spe­cial mean­ing for both clubs as they play for the Styivve Cup.

The hold­ers at the time, Fraser Tech, was ea­ger to keep hold of and Mor­rinsville was will­ing to take it off them.

Mor­rinsville pressed hard on the Tech de­fence, with some telling breaks, but it wasn’t quite enough to get the visi­tors over the line.

Tech’s dis­ci­pline was tested and gave away some kick­able penal­ties.

Mor­rinsville was lead­ing 6-nil and while this was a great start, Tech started to come into the game.

The hosts tested Mor­rinsville’s de­fen­sive line. Mor­rinsville held strong but there were times when breaks were made and Tech took full ad­vance of this.

At the end of the first half, Tech lead 10-6.

Mor­rinsville needed to score first in the sec­ond half but it was Tech to score a con­verted try early, with one hand on the Styivve Cup.

With their back against the wall, Mor­rinsville chal­lenged hard and with some timely replacements, the team got over the ad­van­tage line to push back the Tech de­fence.

Mor­rinsville mounted some great at­tack­ing raids but there were times when de­ci­sion let them down, giv­ing Tech chances to get out of their red zone.

Mor­rinsville played their guts out and scored two more tries to take the lead with min­utes left.

And as quickly they had the lead, it was taken away from them with Tech slot­ting a penalty win­ning 20-18, giv­ing the Mor­rinsville team and sup­port­ers an­other hard pill to swal­low, as an­other game slipped out of their grasp.

Tries: K Os­bourne, C Bracey. Pen: K Os­bourne 2 Con 1. POD: J Cham­bers

Mor­rinsville Sports Bs Vs Fraser Tech Bs

This

en­counter

against Fraser tech was go­ing to be an up­hill bat­tle for Mor­rinsville Bs, with a num­ber of play­ers un­avail­able for the match.

As the game started, Mor­rinsville went on the at­tack and played a lot of the first half in Tech’s half, but with lit­tle re­ward.

There was a penalty mid­way through the half. Mor­rinsville went on the at­tack again and right on half­time scored a try.

But the warm con­di­tions had taken a toll on the team so half­time was a wel­come signal to catch their breath and cool down a bit.

Tech started the sec­ond half with a try from the kick off and put the pres­sure back onto Mor­rinsville.

Tech spent a lot of the time in their own half and lived on Mor­rinsville’s mis­takes which came as the team was play­ing on sheer guts as the heat and player depth was tested.

Tech re­sponded with tries of their own and lead­ing 29-8.

With 10 min­utes left, Mor­rinsville came out and pow­ered into the Tech side.

With one fi­nal push, Mor­rinsville was able to score two tries and con­vert one of them leav­ing the fi­nal score 29-20 to Tech.

Big thanks to the play­ers for not giv­ing up and play­ing the full 80 min­utes and to Chooky com­ing on and play­ing, help­ing the team.

Tries: L Roach, M Wratt, C Singh. Con­vers C Singh 1 Pen 1. POD: A Minimita Re­ports by Nolan Ha­goort

Kere­one vs Te Awa­mutu Marist

Sil­vester Elec­tri­cal Kere­one trav­elled away to play Te Awa­mutu Marist on Satur­day.

Kere­one started well and made use of some early dom­i­nance in pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory to open the scor­ing with Kerry Di­a­mond cross­ing af­ter a strong run.

Glynn Tip­ping was next to score af­ter a quick li­ne­out caught the Marist de­fence nap­ping.

Kere­one again found them­selves on at­tack and a quick tap and some nice pass­ing saw lock Tim Waet­ford score un­der the posts.

Marist came back be­fore half­time with two tries of their own to leave Kere­one lead­ing at half­time 19-14.

Marist was first to score in the sec­ond half to take the lead be­fore Kere­one was awarded a penalty in front of the posts which was kicked by Damian Sil­vester to go back in front 22-21.

The re­main­der of the sec­ond half was an even con­test with Marist scor­ing again be­fore Kere­one half­back Claude Pig­gott dived across in the cor­ner leav­ing Damian Sil­vester with the con­ver­sion to put Kere­one back into the lead.

This was calmly slot­ted from the cor­ner to take Kere­one to vic­tory 29 - 28. NZ Farm­ers Player of the Day was Stephen Sing.

LAWRENCE GULLERY/STUFF

Jayson Cham­bers looks to clear the ball, with player Nathan Bon­nar be­hind, and the Mor­rinsville sup­port­ers in the back­ground.

LAWRENCE GULLERY/STUFF

Cap­tain Josh Jan­maat mounts an at­tack on the Tech line.

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