The Stratford Eltham Colt rugby team got the season under way with a hard fought game against Inglewood on Good Friday — winning 28-20.

The team had plenty of possession and kept Inglewood down inside their half during the first six minutes, but couldn't get enough phases together to make any real impact.

Inglewood players were able to make steady ground and after a few easy gains from penalties, the Colts found themselves hard on defence.

Cullen May kicks the ball during the last few minutes of a game between the Stratford Eltham Colts and Inglewood.
Cullen May kicks the ball during the last few minutes of a game between the Stratford Eltham Colts and Inglewood.

Inglewood went over the line during the ninth minute of play to take the first points of the season 5-0. From the kick off, the Colts got straight back into attack mode, receiving a penalty in the 11th minute — giving the team three easy points.

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The Colts got back on attack and created a couple of scoring opportunities but just failed to execute them properly.

Inglewood conceded another kickable penalty, giving the Colts a 6-5 lead. The restart had the Colts making good progress, but some handling errors meant Inglewood were able to build some pressure and get over for a seven pointer taking a 12-6 lead at halftime.

It wasn't long into the second half when Inglewood scored and took on a 17-6 lead.
From this point, the Colts started to lift their game and played in a more structured way.

The team was soon rewarded with three unanswered tries from Fergus Smith, Jared Dodunski and Matt Fisher.

After scoring two conversions, the team had a 25-17 lead with 14 minutes to play. In response, Inglewood put on the pressure and minutes later the Colts conceded a penalty — giving them an easy three points — putting the score at 25-20 with 10 minutes to go.

The Colts received a a penalty about 40 metres out during the 74th minute which Cullen May kicked over — giving the team an eight point buffer.