By Justin Miezenbeek
Te Awamutu Sports celebrated their captain Simon Kay’s 100th game by putting almost that number of points on the board in a scintillating display of running rugby in Putaruru, coming away 87-14 victors in Waikato Championship Rugby.
The inspirational leader picked up a try for his troubles and duly converted it from the sideline as he lead his side on a 13 try demolition that included a hat-trick to lock Patrick O’Sullivan, braces for the second week running for Fetu Sasalu and Shauncy Waho and tries to Evaan Reihana, Matthew Towers, Caleb Loomans, Reihana Tai-Rakana and Clark Towers, while fullback Logan Karl added 9 from 9 from the tea backed up by conversions to Reihana and Kay.
The game though, started off relatively even, with a 0-0 stalemate for the first 15 minutes in which Putaruru turned up to play in front of their parochial supporters and Sports looking threatening but just lacking those final touches before halfback Ryan McNeil broke through the centre and found Reihana for the first points. Sasalu then took the ensuing kick-off back 60 meters before finding O’Sullivan for his first try. His second came after 30 minutes which was followed shortly by three more tries to Towers, Waho and Loomans to set up a 42-0 halftime score.
A three try blitz kicked off the second half with Sasalu picking up his double and O’Sullivan his hat-trick within 5 minutes and in the blink of an eye 42 became 63 and the hosts were left chasing the shadows of the visitors backs.
Kay picked up his try soon after and the substitutions came on mass from there, which caused the game to lose a little shape and structure before Tai-Rakana picked up his try and a 77-0 score line.
The hosts finally found some joy with a nice grubber and collect try but watched as Clark Towers scored and Waho crossed for his second before having the final say with a try on full time.
For Sports, it was an outstanding all round effort, built from the forwards who asserted themselves in tight, which allowed the speed and precision of the backs to wreak havok. O’Sullivan and fellow lock Thomas Brown were untouchable in the lineouts and hard running no.8 Sasalu brought his usual physicality which had the hosts on the back foot. Outside backs Waho, Tairoa Crean and Logan Karl ran riot in the space created by midfielders Caleb Loomans and Awa Morris and Ryan McNeil was dynamic around the fringes.
Sports return home next week to take on Leamington, as well officially celebrate and honor Simon Kay’s milestone.