Randwick Rugby first grade team after their win over Southern Districts
The Randwick Rugby First Grade team has been in fine form this year and recently took home the Sir Roden Cutler Shield after defeating Southern Districts 34-5. Photo: Randwick Rugby

UNSW's community partner have been destroying all in their path, undefeated after six rounds of competition and with six rounds remaining before finals. It's been a brilliant season for the First Grade team, which includes UNSW Elite Athlete Program members Kristian Jensen, Christian Poidevin and Triston Reilly, who is also contracted to the NSW Waratahs.

The club had a huge day last weekend, as all seven teams travelled to Forshaw Park in Sylvania to play Southern Districts and came away with seven wins in a huge club effort. However there is not all smooth sailing ahead, as the following weeks present new challenges in the form of some of the Shuet Shield's top teams - Eastwood, Gordon, Norths and Sydney Uni.

Triston Reilly playing for Randwick Rugby
UNSW Arts student Triston Reilly has been vital for Randwick so far this season. Photo: Randwick Rugby

First Grade's game against Eastwood at Coogee Oval this weekend is shaping up to be a season-defining one for Randwick and the supporters have recognised this, with tickets already sold out under the Covid-restricted venue capacity. Fortunately the match will also be broadcast live on 7TWO at 3pm on Saturday so supporters who missed out on tickets can see this all important clash. 

Club coach Morgan Turinui was delighted with the efforts of all teams last weekend and across the season so far and is looking ahead to the rest of the season with optimism.

"Two things stood out for me on Saturday, the enjoyment our club had in performing well at a place we don’t have many happy memories in recent years and the thirst our players have to continue to build off this solid base," he said.

"They are talented but are working so hard to achieve these results. A great day was capped off with First Grade capturing the Sir Roden Cutler Shield, a first in nearly a decade and deserved recompense for our start to this year."