Waitomo News : 9 September 2014
16 WAITOMO NEWS Tuesday, September 9, 2014 $100 off SPECTACLES* *Frame & lenses minimum purchase $399 0800 878 8819 For all enquiries 89 Rora Street Te Kuiti 5 Hakiaha St, Taumarunui (Fridays only) ews WAITOMO maniapoto st, otorohanga 07 873 8640 • email@example.com www.murrayhuntfurnishers.co.nz MORE STYLES INSTORE BY TODD WARD BULLER 53 KING COUNTRY 29 A “HORROR START” by King Country against Buller on Saturday meant back-to-back defeats for the Rams. Facing the in-form South Islanders in a Heart- land champship match at Rugby Park in Te Kuiti, King Country were unable to contain Buller’s rampant backline as they racked up three tries and 20 points in the first 20 minutes. The Rams hit back in the 25th minute with a pushover Shaun Burr try from a 10m lineout, but Buller responded immediately when talented first-five James Lash cut through the heart of KC’s defence to score a brilliant individual try under the posts. He converted his own try for a 20-point lead, 27-7. But King Country weren’t about to give up and in the 35th minute lock Anthony Wise took a quick tap from 30 metres out and set up halfback Zayn Tipping to score near the posts. It went unconverted to narrow the lead 27-12, but Buller would strike a killer blow on the stroke of halftime when Lash put through a well weighted kick which fullback Iliesa Ravudra re-gathered to score out wide. Halftime score: 32-12. SIXTH TRY After the break, Buller picked up from where they left off and a slick backline move in the 50th minute resulted in the visitors’ running in their sixth try of the game which Lash converted. Five minutes later, Buller’s forwards took their turn rumbling downfield and from one metre out halfback and captain Andrew Stephens threw a dummy and dived over to score. The conversion was successful giving the visi- tors an unassailable 46-12 lead with 20 minutes left on the clock. Rams coach Kurt McQuilkin then emptied the bench which had an immediate impact when re- placement loose forwards Manuele Alofa and Ollie Kay scored in quick succession (one converted) to add respectability to the scoreline at 46-24. Kay’s try also secured a four-try bonus point for King Country. In the shadow of fulltime, both teams began throwing caution to the wind and when Buller crossed in the 79th minute, Rams winger Dean Church responded with a long-range solo effort beating five defenders to score under the posts. His try went unconverted for a final score of 53-29. The silence from the 250-strong home crowd said it all. King Country was outclassed from start to finish as Buller’s forwards dominated the break down allowing Lash to unleash his dangerous backline with devastating results. “Right from the start we just weren’t in the race,” says McQuilkin. “There were too many missed tackles, we weren’t stopping the offloads and when Buller got in behind us their big, strong Fijian backs finished us off. “We scored a couple of consolation tries at the end when the bench players came on but there weren’t too many positives to take out of it.” Standout players for King Country up front were Wise, captain Aarin Dunster and No8 Beau Taylor while Church, second five Joe Perawiti and full- back Jonathan Malo (Hamilton Marist) impressed with ball in hand. McQuilkin says his players need to do some “soul searching” this week to avoid any more “horror starts” “In terms of making a fast start, we didn’t do what we said we were going to do and that is very frustrating. “There were spells there in the second half where we played well, which shows there is something to build on but we’re going to have to do it very quickly if we want to stay competitive. King Country now sits seventh out of 12 on the competition ladder with one win from three games. They travel south this week to face eighth placed North Otago in Oamaru on Saturday. In Stan Meads Cup results, King Country B beat Central Bay of Plenty 33-10 in the plate division semi-final. They will now face Thames Valley B in the plate final in Te Awamutu on Saturday. Buller overpowers Rams SUPER SUB: King Country Rams replacement forward Ollie Kay barges over to score under the posts during his team’s 53-29 loss against Buller in Te Kuiti on Saturday.
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