Robb departs Guyra cold but happy

ROBB College had to battle not only Guyra but the elements on Saturday but managed to pick up its first points for the season.

The students won a tight and tough encounter 13-5.

It was made all the tougher by the conditions, with Guyra turning on snow, sleet and the occasional sunshine.

The student sides had a good weekend, with St Albert’s beating  Armidale 28-21.

Albies set up the win up with an early 21-point burst.

They had to play in the wet and cold too, but nothing like Robb and Guyra.

“When we got there at 12 noon it was three degrees,” Robb co-coach Jim Boland said.

“When we left at five it was two degrees.”

In that time they had sunshine, snow and sleet on 10 different occasions, he said.

On top of that there was a howling wind.

That made playing the territory game that is so effective in wet conditions almost 


It was only Robb’s second game for the season and, despite the hazardous conditions, Boland thought their ball control was better than their first game. 

“Our consistency of pressure and ball control was what won it for us,” he said.

“We put a little bit more pressure on in both defence and attack.” 

He was very proud of their efforts and the way they ground it out.

“It was good to have the win but better the way we won,” he said.

“We just had to guts it out for 80 minutes and did.”

They scored “very early” and were up 8-nil at half-time.

That then became 13-nil before the home side scored with about 10 minutes to go.

“They actually came back at us well, used their forward runners to rumble it up,” Boland said.

He said it was quite tense for a while.

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