The Stratford Eltham rugby teams played determinedly in their weekend matches.
The premier team lost to Tukapa 20-15. The division 1 team won 17-12 against Tukapa. It was a hard won and close battle. The division 2 teams season started with a great win of 42-14 against Bell Block.
The Streltham Colts played against Tukapa. Going into a strong wind first half the task was always going to be difficult and so it proved going down 10-0 in the first 15 minutes.
After a mindset change the boys came back fighting hard and picked up two of there own tries to enter halftime with the lead, 14-10.
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With the wind at their back the second half was all Stratford Eltham, adding two more tries to win the game 28-10.
Man of the match went to Josh Armistead, helped out by a destructive Piukala Fakavamoeanga and latrell Wall thrown the 10 jersey at late notice.