Rams stun Old Colls in Reserve Grade GF boilover

Sat, Sep 16, 2023, 8:00 AM
Rugby Union SA
by Rugby Union SA

It's the Rams' world - and we're just living in it - following a second premiership in as many games.

Barossa secured a thrilling 30-26 win over Old Collegians to complete a perfect day for the travelling Rams flock.

It wasn't always smooth sailing despite two early tries Amininiasi Vutulevu and a Lachlan Wylie penalty handing Barossa a comfortable 13-0 lead midway through the opening half.

Daniel Crosby's try pushed the Rams as far out as 20-0 during the second term bu Old Colls were tenacious, scoring two tries in five minutes through Jhuan Roux and Kurt McKinley to breathe life back into the contest at 20-12

A Wylie penalty goal in the 55th minute offered little respite from Old Colls' resurgence as repeated infringements forced a Rams' yellow card and penalty try.

Through the Lens 📸 Reserve Grade GF 2023 Barossa Rams Rugby Club 30 def Old Collegians Rugby Club 26 Photos by Rugby Australia

Posted by Rugby Union South Australia on Friday, September 15, 2023

Now down a man and ahead by just 23-19, Barossa needed to strike next and did so through brute force with Vutulevu driving over for his third try on the hour mark.

But Old Colls weren't finished, Rob Smedley drawing three defenders to put Rhoux over again in the 65th minute to set up a final flurry after Hopkinson's conversion drew the margin to just 4.

Yet the margin proved too great as Rams stuck tough, holding in for a 4-point win and paying tribute to their Old Colls rivals after full-time.

"Old Colls never went away, they're a really strong club and it's always a great game … we had to dig deep, real deep, and I'm so proud of the way we came together this finals series and got it done."

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