Rugby returns to its roots

For the first time in 11 years, the Barossa Rams were back in action on the Roseworthy College pitch.

This was also the first time that junior rugby had been played on the ground and at 8.00am the scene was set for what promised to be a big day on campus

The under 6/7 and under 8 teams were the first to run out and they really played well against their Old Collegians opponents.

The under 10s followed on the full length pitch and they too showed the good crowd that they have improved over the first four weeks of the season.

Rams under 12s and their strong Old Collegians opposition then played one of the most exciting games of the day with a lot of determination shown by both teams.

In a very tight game the Rams were able to come back from last weeks loss to record a win over one of the competitions best sides by a single try.

The Barossa under 14 team is made up of a majority of first year players to this level and they came up against an older, more experienced and physically stronger Old Collegians team.

Despite having to defend for most of the game the Rams put up a fight and worked hard for each other for the full game.

Barossa under 16s have been close to a win over the last couple of weeks and came up against last years premiers this week expecting an extremely tough game.

To their credit they started the game strongly and had Old Collegians on the back foot for much of the game.

In the end, the Rams boys ran in six tries to Collegians one for their first win of the year in convincing fashion.

The Rams star side of the moment is the undefeated under 18 team.

Their opponent this week, Old Collegians, had toured New Zealand earlier in the year and were expected to provide the Rams with their strongest test so far.

As the game unfolded though it was the Barossa team that were doing everything right and taking control of all parts of the game.

The Rams boys dominated the first half and looked unstoppable at half time.

The senior games continued the Rams 40th Anniversary celebration day with the B Grade side facing Onkaparinga.

Onkas got on the board in the first half with a converted try to lead by two points and extended their lead with a second try.

The A Grade ran onto the pitch for the final match of the day wearing a replica of the original Roseworthy jersey to face Brighton.

From the first whistle, the Barossa team showed they were not in the mood to let Brighton spoil the party on their traditional ground.

If it weren’t for some poor handling and a little overenthusiastic tackling from Barossa they would have had the game put away early on.

Brighton used the Rams errors to keep the ball around half way but it wasn’t long before the Rams found the Brighton weakness out wide.

With the new back three combination of Matt Muchamore, Shey Ewan and Simon Chapple there was too much strength and pace for their Brighton counterparts.

With two tries apiece to the wingers the Rams were well on their way to the win.

Scott Wylie and Sai Toganvalu were running directly at the Brighton pack and giving Barossa momentum.

The Rams props, Jim Fielder and Pete Scaman, dominated in the scrum and gave Tj Niumataiwalu safe ball to allow ten Joe Crouch time to set his backline on many attacking runs.

We could mention every Rams player here as all did their part in an excellent display of rugby.

BANG: Barossa Rams' Stephen Gyau-Awuah attempts to power through an opponent.

BANG: Barossa Rams' Stephen Gyau-Awuah attempts to power through an opponent.

HERITAGE: The Barossa Rams represent their original tops at Roseworthy.

HERITAGE: The Barossa Rams represent their original tops at Roseworthy.