Rugby sea­son kicks off

Bush Telegraph - - News - By PA­TRICK BAKER Bush Rugby pres­i­dent

On Satur­day March 17 the Manawatu Rugby com­pe­ti­tion kicked off with Bush en­ter­ing two teams in the com­pe­ti­tion, field­ing a Se­nior 2nds and Se­nior 3rds side.

The Se­nior 2nds had a tough game first up, tak­ing on last year’s fifth place get­ters Massey Rams. The Rams have dom­i­nated the com­pe­ti­tion for some time with a con­stant in­take of new play­ers each year giv­ing them plenty to choose from.

It was a fast pace from the out­set with the fit­ness of the Massey side show­ing up early with Bush suck­ing in some big ones. What the Rams didn’t have was a solid for­ward pack with the Bush scrum steal­ing sev­eral tight heads. Lo­cal Wiremu Wol­land, in his first game for Bush, showed his tal­ents play­ing a full 80 min­utes dom­i­nat­ing all day. Player of the day was Cam Smith who had a blin­der at num­ber 8. Cam was all over the park and cre­ated a real dif­fer­ence. It wasn’t all one way traf­fic, with the Massey backs pulling off some classy tries. Fi­nal score Bush 44 Massey Rams 31.

The Se­nior 3rds took on Feild­ing Yel­lows in what they knew was go­ing to be a tough game. The Yel­lows have stuck to­gether from when they were play­ing Se­nior As. Un­der new coach Hay­den Doidge, they have a new mind­set this year and turn up to train­ing. The first half was a bat­tle with the boys muscling it up against some old heads, go­ing into the break with Feild­ing ahead, 7-5.

In the sec­ond half fa­tigue set in and the Yel­lows held their com­po­sure to run away with it. Play­ers to shine for Bush were Sam O’Neil and Josh Roberts, player of the day at full back.

Fi­nal Score Bush 5 Feild­ing 50.

LI­NE­OUT ac­tion from the open­ing round of club rugby.

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