Oatley defeats premiers in rugby cup’s opening round

OATLEY Rugby Club (pictured) scored a two-point victory over friendly rivals Burraneer Hammerheads in the Jeffrey Cup competition in the opening round of the competition.

It was a thrilling local derby with many twists and turns that ended with Oatley running out winners 33 to 31 against last year’s undefeated Division Five premiers.
They looked down and out trailing 24 to nil after 20 minutes, but rallied to get back into striking distance through strong running and stoic defence.
The game went right down to the wire with Burraneer having a shot at penalty goal in the dying seconds to snatch the victory only to see the kick slide past the post.
An Oatley Rugby spokesperson said the match was a “true exhibition of suburban rugby … a great game to start the season”.
The local derbies don’t stop there, with Oatley hosting the newly formed Georges River Rugby Club at Riverwood Park next Saturday.