The Buffaloes opened their 2020 season with an away trip to local rivals and neighbours, Milford Marlins, where we faced their second team.
The Buffaloes Squad was filled with new faces and returning players from last year.
After weeks of rain and bad weather, at kick-off time it was dry, but the pitch was muddy and very boggy in places.
Milford kicked off, running down the hill. And the game began in feisty fashion, with the word friendly being banished from the off.
The home team had the best of the first half carrying the ball downhill with enthusiasm, forcing the Buffaloes to defend like their lives depended on it.
Milford thought they were in for the opening score, following a chip through, but the chaser knocked the ball on.
Again following a chip through, the home team thought they were in, but still, they failed to ground the ball.
On the half-hour mark the Buffaloes, on a rare attack thought they were over the line, but the referee called that they were held up over the line.
With four minutes to go before the break, the Buffaloes opened the scoring when Second Rower, Tom Langton, Crashed over the line for the opening try, with debutant Callum Smithson adding the conversion, giving the Buffaloes the lead 0-6.
As the Home team had the best of the first half, the second would prove to be all the Buffaloes, with the Away team making yards on every carry. The defence was taking its toll on the home side, and gaps started to appear.
Connor McGill starting in the centres, broke through the defensive line and drew the last defender to put, brother Cameron through for what looked like his first try in Bramley Colours for the referee to call the pass forward.
On the hour mark, Connor Mcgill again broke free from the scrambling defence and crossed for his first try of the decade, with Smithson again on target with the conversion. Extending the lead to 0-12.
The Buffaloes continued to attack with another two tries being chalked off by the official, before blowing for time.
A great start to the season with a tough encounter, with ten players making their debuts.
Garforth Tigers, away next Saturday for the Buffaloes, kicking off at 2:30.
Marlins – 1) Bradley Benn, 2) Lewis Suggitt, 3) Gavin Adams, 4) Coroy Challenger, 5) Shaun McEvoy, 6) Martin Loveridge, 7) Sam Best, 8) Connor Parr, 9) Ethan Booth, 10) Chris Turner, 11) Kyle Greenwood, 12) Liam Lockwood, 13) Robin Wilks, Subs (all used); 14) Ryan Oxtoby, 15) Josh Parle, 16) James Pawson, 17) Gareth Fairhead, 18) Richard Hulme, 19) Mathew Stockdale, 20) Ryan Pinder.
Buffaloes – 1) Peter Croft, 2)Kieran Foster-Matthews, 4) Kieran Hudson, 13) Connor McGill, 5) Peter Mitchell, 6) Aidan Baranyi, 19) Bradley Wilson, 10) Louis Morrison, 9) Lochlan McGill, 15) Charlie Mcmurray, 11) Thomas Langton, 12) Daniel Baranyi, 3) Oliver Winfield, Subs (All Used); 7) Callum Smithson, 8) Robert Gaunt, 21) Dylan Murphy, 16) Curtis Sidebottom, 14) Cameron Mclachlan, 18) Cameron McGill, 6) Ben Wilkinson, 20) Craig Dobbs
Tries: Langton (36), McGill, Connor (61)
Goals: Smithson x 2