Wet weather douses Pythons opening round

Saturday may have been grey and dreary but the action on Tom Clyburn Oval was anything but.

The Canowindra Pythons took to the field for their first match of the 2020 Oilsplus Cup having enjoyed a bye for the opening round last week.

The excitement of rugby's return will be the main take away from the match with the Pythons going down 32-12 against a red hot Coolah Roos side fresh of a win against Blayney in the first week.

That form was on show right from the start with Coolah crossing the stripe within the first five minutes.

This then lead into a number attacking raids in the Pythons half that ended in penalty goals for Coolah.

The Pythons managed to strike back a few minutes before the half with a try to Tommy Roth why dropped on a loose ball left in Coolah's in-goal.

A majority of the second half scoring went to Coolah but a fantastic running effort from Lachlan Sharp allowed the Pythons to end the match with their heads held high.

The scoreboard wasn't a fair reflection of Canowindra's effort with the Pythons stringing together defensive phases on their try line throughout the match, frustrating Coolah and causing two of their players to be sin-binned.

At the end of the day, it was the conditions on the ground that provided the most difficulty with the wet taking its toll on both sides handling and tackling.

Pythons coach, Peter Middleton, said he was extremely proud of his side's performance with the team fielding players in their first-ever game of rugby.

"It was great this has been on the cards since February," he said.

"We got shut down obviously and had to start again but I really like the guy's efforts today.

"We have a fair few new young players, they've improved and as the game went we got better."

He said the defensive efforts put in by the side were fantastic.

"I was very pleased with that, we have to tidy up a few mistakes here and there but nothing major," he said.

"Then we'll have a good year and the guys will progress and get better."

The Pythons will now head to Geurie, with a 2pm kickoff, taking on the Goats who narrowly lost to Wellington.

Points went to:

1 - Oliver Groves

2 - Sam Wythes

3 - Lachie Sharp

Player's player was Tom Roth.