After a great pre-season where we were able to give opportunities to a number of players the season opener had finally arrived and there were league debuts for Ben Stone (13), Iffiock Essien (4) & Jules Hobbs (2). Kicking off in hoops at 3pm Vs newly promoted Sudbury RUFC on a glorious sunny day there was real excitement for what was to come, a physical, high tempo opening 20 minutes was the target. It was, however, Sudbury that did to us exactly what we planned to do to them. A fast tempo wide running game caught us napping and ultimately Ruislip couldn't recover from a devastating opening 20 from the away side. There were some great patches of play that secured us a try scoring bonus point but it wasn't enough. 2 tries from Alex F, 1 from captain Jay and 1 from our bulldozing Romanian Gab. Final Score Ruislip 27 Sudbury 51. Next week the 1st XV entertain local rivals Old Priorians (3pm KO).
The 2nd XV got their season underway with a pre-season friendly vs a strong Uxbridge side. An equally strong Ruislip squad was bolstered by a one off appearance from Connor Mullan who had graced us with his newly acquired tan on his short trip over from Australia. It was a close encounter in the opening stages with Ruislip enjoying the territory but not the points. Uxbridge started to pull away but with a more consistent level of performance throughout the 80 mins Ruislip pulled it back to eventually win by 2 points. The 2nd XV will be playing their 2nd pre-season friendly at home next Saturday KO 1pm
Updated 11:39 - 14 Oct 2018 by David Chalk