The Goats got their season off to a flying start today, eventually running out 35-13 winners on a hard and fast track reminiscent of a dustbowl at times!

A hand-picked panel of experts on the sideline selected centurion Augustin Escalona as the player of the day for some outstanding defence around the rucks and mauls, great work in the loose and for being a key part of an impressive scrum and lineout.

There were several new goats that got some dust on their hooves today with Caleb Delaney, Seamus Langton and Reece Plumtree all having great debuts. There were a few injuries but hopefully not serious enough to hinder selection for next weeks match against last years runners-up Norths at home in Porirua.

In the early game, the Premier Reserve Goats were unlucky to pull up just short 15-12 in the last few minutes.

Promising signs for a great season. Next week your normal match reporter will bring his insightful comments direct to you, and for the rest of the season.