WHILE Rugby Union has made its best start to a Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade season in four years, skipper Sam Macpherson knows there is plenty of hard work still to come.
And it will come this Saturday afternoon when meeting current competition leaders Bathurst City at the Sportsground.
Both go into the contest undefeated, Rugby having already beaten St Pat’s Old Boys and Centennials Bulls.
Not since season 2014-15 has Rugby registered wins in its first two games of a campaign, while last summer it took the side until round five to open its account.
It has Macpherson and his team-mates confident, but they know toppling a form Redbacks outfit will not be easy.
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“It’s going to be a pretty tough game, they’ve [City] got a lot of runs on the board so far this season,” Macpherson said.
“They’re a bit of an unknown quantity still, they’ve got few new imports which is great for them and obviously great for the club given they’ve lost a few blokes, but we are going to expect to face a pretty strong team.
“We had Pat’s first which was hard, Centennials next which was hard and Redbacks are going to be harder.
“We are two from two but we’ve only played twice in four weeks and it will be five weeks this Saturday. It’s hard for the boys to get rhythm, if you aren’t playing consistent games it’s hard to get momentum.
“There’s a still a long way to go, we are not getting high hopes yet, we are just taking it one game at a time.”
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While all-rounder Jameel Qureshi will miss this Saturday, there is still plenty of talent within Rugby’s ranks. It has been reflected in the Bathurst Opens representative side with Macpherson, Imran Qureshi, Pirenu Nirmalendran and Jeremy Thackray all named to face Blue Mountains on Sunday.
“We’ll still have a strong team, not our strongest team, but definitely everyone in that team can and will play a bit of first grade this year because they deserve it,” he said.