If you didn’t love your rugby this weekend, then chances are you don’t have a pulse.
For Neddies, the rugby-fest started on Friday with a knee’s up at the Duxton at which Andrew Mehrtens was being compared with the likes of Eric Rush as among the best speakers/entertainers we have had over two decades of rugby lunches. You just had to be there. And a huge pat on the back to Lisa and Richard Vaughan for keeping the bar positioned so high on what has become one of the great enduring Neddies rugby traditions. Despite having to shoot back to Sydney early in the afternoon, Mehrts, showing no signs of being poisoned by Suzie the waitress, found time to enjoy the brilliant conditions down at The Foreshore to have a chat to the Colts and mix with the kids and supporters.
His chat to the Colts obviously worked as Phil Oddie’s troops maintained their unbeaten run with a solid win over Baysie.
Neddies took on Baysie in Premier Grade chasing a bonus point win to continue their ascent up the ladder. And star halfback Mike “Roo” Ruru took those instructions quite literally as he crossed for four tries of his own in the first half as Neddies took control of the game.
Remarkably, Roo claimed a fifth try in what was a bit of an ordinary second half as Neddies eventually ran out 66-13 winners. From there, the rugby Gods continued to smile as the Force claimed a three-peat over the Tahs.
Round 6 promises to be another Super Saturday down at The Foreshore as Neddies hosts reigning premiers University for the Mike Denton Memorial Trophy. Don’t miss a moment of it.