New England Rugby Union
In New England Rugby Union this weekend we have Robb College and St Alberts ready to write another chapter in their own book of feuds when they meet at the University’s Bellevue Rugby ground this Saturday.
Not only do these teams have a fierce rivalry dating back to the 1960’s, but it is the annual Parent’s Ball weekend which will ensure a massive crowd and huge support for both teams.
Robb were unlucky in just failing to hold out a fast-finishing Armidale Blues last week and will be looking for a full 80-minute performance from Dan Lethbridge, Will Clemson and Hamish Cannington, while Albies will look to inspirational prop, Chayton Ekanayake, and the strength of Sam Greer to establish dominance up front.
Albies will be looking to retain both men’s and women’s Challenge Cups as they go on offer, and Robb’s women’s side may well see an opportunity to grab some early season silverware, after two impressive early outings. Megs Redpath and Zoe Holden will be two to watch while Albies bench players, Erin Alcorn and Jen Corderoy, have been strong all around the field.
Tamworth will be hoping to lock in a win against the Barbarians in the other first grade fixture down the hill at Magpie park.
Barbarians played smart rugby last week and were simply too good for Albies and will be a handful for the winless Maggies. Eddie Pitt and Adam Mrtynek were clever and classy at the back and #8 Paya was very strong. Tamworth will look for big games from Blake Clout and Jack Barker to counter those threats.
Finally, Armidale Blues host the Elks and Elkettes from Glen Innes at Moran Oval, and Tenterfield in third grade, to round out the round three.
Central North Rugby Union
In Central North Rugby round four the Kookaburra Cup is on the road again, heading straight into the lion’s den when the Gunnedah Red Devils take on the Quirindi Lions.
In the other match ups, there will a thrilling contest with neighbouring towns when Moree Bulls meet the Narrabri Blue Boars, the Walcha Rams will go head-to-head with the Scone Brumbies, and the Barraba Rams will host the Tamworth Pirates.
Inverell takes the bye, wrapping up round four.