By Justin Miezenbeek
As much promise as Te Awamutu Sports offered against a tough Melville side last week, they undid that with a flat and error ridden performance at Campbell Park, unravelling in the second half to go down 5-41 to Morrinsville.
Hoping for a strong performance to build on last week, Sports started well, recycling phases and controlling the early stages, but from there on a series of errors, turnovers and mistakes meant Sports never got out of second gear.
Morrinsville broke the scoreless deadlock midway through the first half with a well worked converted try to take a 7-0 lead, which was were the score remained until half time.
Something must have been in the water at half time as Sports came out firing, hooker Jack Munce leading the way with some powerful runs, but again after getting themselves into scoring position they couldn’t cross the chalk and blew their opportunity to claw their way back.
Morrinsville however, chipped away at points, a penalty goal and another try extending the lead to 15-0.
Sports struck back with a scintillating solo try from halfback Atshushi Yumoto who ran from the base of the scrum, weaving through the defense. At 15-5, for as bad as Sports were playing, they were still very much in the game with 20 minutes to go, but fell apart conceding four more tries to plummet to an embarrassing loss.
This was a game Sports would have targeted as one to win but never showed up, Morrinsville showing far more desire and ran away deserved winners.
For Sports hooker Munce did his best to spark something with ball in hand with some barnstorming runs and Yumoto looked lively from the scum base but there just wasn’t enough across the board to threaten.
Sports make their way home for the first time this year, desperately needing a win to get their season back on track, hosting University.