On Saturday the Eden premier rugby side successfully defended the Portola Trophy, beating University 27-21 away at Colin Maiden Park. The trophy is contested by the premier rugby clubs who finished in the bottom eight of the season’s pool play. Eden were considered the underdogs after they lost to University 20-11 on July 2. The Sandringham based club had a slow start this year but turned things around halfway with the addition of the Costa brothers, Rodrigo, Nico and Ignacio. The trio had returned from professional contracts with European clubs.