Photo gallery: Waikato Premier Rugby season gets underway

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A late try denied Hautapu Sports a first-round win as Waikato Premier Rugby’s senior season got underway.

The Hautapu Premier A side lost 16-14 at Otorohanga, while the Premier B side won their match 13-12 against Otorohanga.

In the Premier A game, Hautapu started the game positively but conceded an early penalty to trail 3-0.

After a resolute piece of attack, Quincy Ngatai scored under the posts for Hautapu to go up 7-3 in the 18th minute.

Again after a sustained attack, Hautapu were awarded a penalty and chose to go to touch.

From five metres out, Hautapu drove the lineout and were awarded a penalty try to go ahead 14-3.

Poor discipline saw them concede another penalty and go into halftime ahead 14-6.

The second half was played in solid rain, which slowed the pace of the game down and inhibited Hautapu’s style of play.

The game was made a stop-start affair, and no further scoring took place until the 70th minute when Oto got another penalty to be behind 14-9.

The last five minutes saw silly penalties conceded by Hautapu, gifting Oto territory, and after a number of phases, they crashed over in the 77th minute to score the winning try which was converted.

In the Premier B fixture, Jordan Santy and Todd Silva scored the tries for the Development team.

Meanwhile, the Hautapu Colts travelled to Waitete for their opening fixture and romped to a 57-0 win.


Games played on Saturday April 1, 2023

Premier A

Otorohanga 16
Hautapu Sports 14

Premier B

Otorohanga 12
Hautapu Sports 13


Waitete 0
Hautapu Sports 57

Photographer Matt Gould was on the sideline at Otorohanga to capture some of the action.

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Our thanks to Matt Gould of True You Photography for supplying us with matchday photography. See his work at Instagram @trueyou_photography.

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