Southern Inland Rugby Union (SIRU) action will return to the field this weekend, although in a shorter and quicker format.
The Inaugural SIRU Sevens will kick off in Hay, with 15 teams in action across the men’s and women’s competitions.
The competition itself is limited to seven players on the field at a time and clubs can only send 13 players to the day, with 12 allowed to be used in any one match.
Halves will only go for seven minutes, but each team plays at least five games, ensuring that there will be plenty of action and excitement.
The Tumut Bulls have a side entered in both competitions, but unfortunately a disrupted preparation hasn’t been ideal.
Bulls sevens co-coach Harrison Friswell touched on his side’s preparation before Saturday, explaining that there was no pressure on the Bulls to perform.
“(It has been) average mate; I have had a few people pull out on me, which is disappointing, but can’t be helped,” Friswell said.
“We go in with no pressure or expectations, so that’ll be alright; (we are) just looking forward to getting some minutes in.”
Friswell said the Bulls men’s side would only call upon nine players at this stage, blaming the rain among other things for a stop-start beginning to their SIRU Sevens campaign.
“(We’ve) got about 13 in total, but only like nine available this weekend,” Friswell said.
“When people have turned up it’s been really, really good, but we’ve struggled to get them to turn up. Had some bad weather and stuff.”
At the end of the day, Friswell said playing some rugby was the most important part for them, hoping it would add to the club’s preparations for a successful 2021 season.
“(It will be good) to just to get some boots on the ground and have some fun again and then bring that energy into camp early next year,” Friswell said.
It will be a long day for the club, with the first game kicking off at 11.40am and the grand final due to start at 5.40pm.
The Hay sevens weekend will then be followed by the second of the SIRU Sevens weekends at Leeton next Saturday, November 7.
12.10pm v Deniliquin
1.20pm v Leeton
2.30pm v Wagga City
11.50am v Griffith
12.40pm v Hay
2.20pm v Griffith
3pm v Hay