Classics win in Orange provides a great result all round
The Classic Wallabies were in Orange last Saturday dusting off the boots to take on the Central West Barbarians as part of the Country Tour Program in front of a crowd of over 2000 locals.
Despite the scoreline in favour of the Classic Wallabies, the main result was the reunion of the players on both sides and combining the past, present and future Central West Rugby community.
Prior to running out, the Classics took part in the Macquarie Sports Kids Coaching Clinic in the morning which gave over 200 young local players a rare experience to learn from some of Australia’s best and most experienced players.
The kids ran through a series of skills and drills, including tackling and attacking with the players impressed by the number of young girls excited to get involved in rugby. The coaching session finished up with a sausage sizzle and a signing session with the players.
Catch up on all the action from the clinic in our recap and gallery here.
After the morning’s clinics the action started on field with a great turnout the Women’s 7’s Reps Trials showcasing the amazing women’s talent from the Central West. The Golden Oldies match between the Orange Emulators & Central West Old Bulls provided plenty of entertainment and an invitational North vs South match pitted the Central West Rugby community against each other for some local rivalry.
It was standing room only in the grandstand when the main game kicked off with a bumper crowd through the gates to watch the local Central West Barbarians take on the Classic Wallabies. Both sides produced an excellent display of running football with the Classics running in eight tries to the Barbarians three for the 44-21 win.
Classics GM Stephen Hoiles and DeWet Roos both managed to get across the line twice, with the latter scoring off a Stephen Moore kick-and-chase. Also crossing the line for the Classics were Morgan Turinui, Patrick Phibbs, Tom Carter and Beau Robinson. Defensively, Sam Cordingley pulled off the tackle of the match, cutting down a runaway Barbarian within inches of the line.
Hoiles spoke to the Daily Liberal post match and explained the result isn’t all that mattered.
“The idea of it is to be fun,” Hoiles said, although he did admit his side hadn’t come to Endeavour Oval to get beaten by the Blue Bulls legends.
“Obviously we want to win, it’s rather embarrassing if we don’t but we want a competitive side and they were, they were tough, it was played in good spirits and I think the crowd saw that.
”You look at the scoreboard and that’s the best score you can hope for.”
The engagement of the local community impressed the players, with Justin Harrison particularly pleased with the turnout for the Classic Wallabies’ clinics, at Kinross on Friday and then at Endeavour Oval on Saturday – the latter of which welcomed a mammoth number of up-and-comers.
“We had about 300 kids here for three hours,” Harrison said.
“It’s all about community involvement and engaging. People talk about rugby but they don’t actually appreciate the fabric of it until they come to events like this.
“You’ve got all sorts of demographics and age groups. Rural Australia, we’re all part of one big family, top to bottom, bottom to top.
“It’s great to see some smiles on faces and see some old fans that used to watch me play, through to the next generation.”
Additional reporting courtesy of Matt Findlay of Central Western Daily.
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