Camden Rugby double header a thrilling day out for fans

Camden Rugby Park played host to some of the region's biggest rugby clashes over the weekend.

The Northern Suburbs Rugby Norths battled the Western Sydney Two Blues for the prestigious Shute Shield match.

In the lead up to the main game the region's first grade teams also put on a show for Macarthur rugby fans with the Camden Rams taking on the Campbelltown Harlequins.

Camden Rugby Club's Patrick Hutchinson said the weekend's matches were well-attended.

"The Shute Shield is the state's top rugby competition," he said.

"It was a showcase of premier rugby right here in Camden."

Norths managed to topple the Two Blues with a final score of 40-26.

This means the Rod Phelps Cup will stay with Norths.

The Camden Rams first grade side fell agonisingly short of causing an upset with a narrow two point loss to Campbelltown Harlequins on Saturday afternoon.

The home crowd at Wire Lane, many of whom were there to enjoy the double-header with the Shute Shield match, were treated to a thrilling game which went down to the wire.

Camden went down 21-19 to the Harlequins, but their form was much better than last week, when they lost by 14 points to the Harlequins at Campbelltown.

Campbelltown opened the scoring at 21 minutes when centre Ale Moata'ane scored.

The much larger Campbelltown pack were made to work much harder by the Camden eight, with number eight Brady Millar moved from hooker, while Lachy Frean moved from prop to the middle of the front row, allowing for the return of Jack Dolan.

Camden went on a scoring spree late in the first half, when second rower Ioane Luafutu scored seven minutes before the break.

Dynamic fullback Michael Midson crossed minutes later, giving the Rams a 12-7 lead into the halftime break.

Campbelltown were reduced to 14 men on two occasions in the second half, with a sin bin to a second rower just before the hour mark, and then with a red card to a replacement nine minutes before time.

Midson scored a second try for the Rams midway through the second half, and when the Rams led 19-7 the locals dared to dream of a first win for the season.

However, the Harlequins weren't about to lie down, with a double to Hector Tapueluelu just before the final whistle blew.

The Rams were gallant in their efforts, but poor goalkicking, with Midson missing a conversion and a second half penalty, proved costly for the home side.

Camden are due to head to Wollongong next week for a match with Vikings.