Eden lose to Ri­fles in up­set


Col­lege Ri­fles have given Eden Rugby a wakeup call in the open­ing round of Auck­land’s premier rugby com­pe­ti­tion.

Ri­fles beat Eden 27-17 on Satur­day spoil­ing Eden’s hopes of chris­ten­ing their brand new, $850,000 hy­brid pitch at Grib­ble­hirst Park with a win.

Eden had gone un­beaten through the pre­sea­son, win­ning the Pol­lard Cup. They also won the na­tional sev­ens com­pe­ti­tion in Fe­bru­ary.

How­ever, they met a Col­lege Ri­fles side de­ter­mined to make up for last year’s semi­fi­nal loss to Gram­mar TEC.

Ri­fles head coach John Clough said it was the per­fect start to their sea­son.

‘‘I’m ab­so­lutely stoked with it,’’ Clough said.

‘‘We had a mixed pre-sea­son and to come up against Eden and beat them at their home - they were a hot team to come in and face first up.’’

Ri­fles had a num­ber of play­ers away on var­i­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tive du­ties, mean­ing their start­ing 15 was dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent from last

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