Back to Campbelltown set to be a ripper rugby clash

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It will be second versus fourth when Camden Rams and Campbelltown Harlequins rugby clubs lock horns tomorrow afternoon.

The Illawarra Rugby premiership round 4 match is also a traditional Back to Campbelltown day for the home side.

Camden and Campbelltown’s rugby clubs have built up a tremendous tradition of friendly rivalry over the past few decades, making their annual clashes extra spicy.

The first clash in 2024 will be right up there because both clubs look like they will be contenders for the premiership title.

The Rams are undefeated, while the Harlequins, despite two narrow losses on the road, also look strong in 2024.

It will mean a packed Campbelltown Showground when the first grade sides run on to the field for the 3pm kick off tomorrow (Saturday, May 4).

Camden are the big improvers so far this season after a dismal 2023.

Last round they disposed of the Shamrocks 19-3, while Campbelltown, despite leading for much of the match, went down 33-25 to Kiama.

After 20 minutes, the Quinnies were leading 12-0, before going to the half time break ahead 15-12.

Two quick tries early in the second half boosted their lead to 25-12.

But Kiama hit back with tries of their own and with 20 minutes left were leading 26-25.

The home side took advantage of injuries to key Harlequins personnel to score one more try for the final score of 33-25.

The Harlequins women’s side, who play in the Sydney First division premiership, were gallant in defeat at Newcastle last weekend against the Wildfires.

An under strength Quins side fought all the way, with the score locked at 5-5 for most of the match.

The Newcastle girls capitalised on a Harlequins yellow card to score three quick tries to run out winners 22-5.

There were mixed results for the Harlequins juniors, with a 26-26 draw in the Under 18s, Under 16s losing 32-22 to Kiama and the Under 13s winning with a record score.

Don’t forget that all senior Harlequins sides will be in action tomorrow at Campbelltown Showground so get there early to get a parking spot and a good seat in the grandstand.

The men will play arch rivals Camden in first and second grade, with the women taking on the star studded Eastern Suburbs side at 5pm.

with Andrew Choice

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