The new rugby union season kicked off for local clubs in the Murcia Federation last weekend with the first round of league matches. There was a tight encounter at the Miguel Hernández University ground in Orihuela as ITV Vega Baja Orihuela (pictured) were beaten 24-28 by Cartagena, with the home side having led 19-13 at half time.

The senior men’s teams of the San Javier Squalos and Totana have joined forces for this season, and the opener played at San Javier saw the SquaTot side have a tough baptism of fire as they lost 36-3 to Albacete.

The San Javier Squalos women’s team lost their first women’s cup match to Cartagena 24-nil, and now go to Lorca on Sunday.