First Trial Report
Strong performances in 1s and 2s highlight the day.

Epping Rugby has started strongly after a positive outing against Macquarie University and Hills in the opening trial at Macquarie University Sporting Fields.

Michael Byrnes in the line out.

The clubs 1st XV started strongly with a 14-0 win over the hosts. The Rams created many opportunities in the opening exchange, with a 80 metre attacking raid between Sam Trickett and Amena Bushell almost bringing a try in the opening minutes. Gareth Smith and Harry Byrnes would also soon be denied tries as University held on bravely. The Rams finally broke through with Amena Bushell slicing through for his first try in Rams colours. The Rams lost there way a at times, but Robbie Bushell was able to back up another break by his brother to score the match winning try.

In their second outing, the Rams were evenly matched against a Hills 1st Grade side who beat us on 3 seperate occasions in 2013. Both side created early opportunities, but Gareth Smith crashed over from close range to put the Rams on the board first. Hills came back strongly with the try of the day, with some great hands, and a kick, a regather and a few more hands putting them over for their first try. The rest of the game was evenly matched, but the Rams did get a late try as Brock Heydon scored off a nice short pass by Alex Hogan to give the blue and golds a ‘technical’ victory over Hills 14-7. No doubt when the two sides meet in a months time there will be nothing between the sides again.

In 2nd Grade, Epping started with a 7-0 win over Macquarie University. The Rams crossed early with Owen Vasavour scoring off after a good role on from the forwards. We did not cross again, but overall it was a very impressive performance. In the second match, the Rams met a gritty Hills side. Both sides exchanged strong attacking raids, and by the end of the 20 minutes, neither team could be split, with the game finishing 0-0. Debutant Ed Tootell was awarded man of the match.

The lower grade trials were a little disorganised, and Hills looked sharp and well prepared. The Hills backs were very impressive and ran in 5 tries to 1, in a one sided affair. There were plenty of positives for the Rams, and more settled teams this week should see a much improved result. Against Macquarie University, we settled down and had a 7-7 draw with debutant Quinton Fafa stepping through nicely for our lone try.