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RUMS 1st XV 28 – 25 Imperial 1st XV, 07/02/18

The Imperial 1st team travelled to north London last Wednesday to take on UCL’s silly medics, RUMS. We were there for revenge, after losing earlier in the year to RUMS by just three points. The match started with lots of kicking and both teams were trying to play for territory. Quick hands from Oliver Duffy allowed Josh Pope to make a break down the wing and exert some attacking pressure on RUMS. From a scrum on their 5-metre line, Will Aynsley picked, ran 10 metres sideways, and scored. 0-5 to Imperial. This was the strong start that we needed. However, RUMS came back fighting and were able to score after a couple of missed tackles, making the score 5-5. RUMS continued to attack and made a line break from a scrum in our 22, scoring under the posts. We were now 12-5 down. Fortunately, Amin Omarouayache had been watching the six nations over the weekend and had been inspired by Jonny Sexton’s drop goal against France. Using the skills he had acquired from Harry Allingham’s ‘free lessons’ on kicking, Amin slotted one over himself. Unfortunately, we gave away a penalty in our half and RUMS capitalised, making the score 15-8, just before half time.

The second half was…

RUMS 1st XV 28 – 25 Imperial 1st XV, 07/02/18

The Imperial 1st team travelled to north London last Wednesday to take on UCL’s silly medics, RUMS. We were there for revenge, after losing earlier in the year to RUMS by just three points. The…

Imperial 2nd XV 50 – 0 City University 1st XV, 07/02/18

With ponchos packed, sombreros worn and moustaches attempted, the boys made their way to their fixture. Fortress Harlington was the setting for yet another league game for the mighty Imperial Los Dos Fifteenos. The boys were greeted with perfect conditions, a premature warm-up from the ref and a late City team (Los Banditos). An early game against this side had proven to be too much for them to handle, as the match was postponed most likely due to their fear of facing another 59 – 0 loss at the hands of the undefeated imperial side.

Nonetheless, the game kicked off and with several strong carries, fresher Sorrell Cowen proved why he is a prime poaching target for the 1s as he sliced through the defence to bag the first try of the match. Several minutes after the restart, a penalty awarded deep in the opposition 22 allowed for an exquisite back’s move straight off the training paddock to send Andy Lumb over for a meat pie. A similar try was scored just minutes later with Andy making real use of that caterpillar warm-up to squirm over for his hattrick avoidance. However, Los Banditos did not roll over. A strong restart played deep into the Imperial 22, was taken up…

Imperial 2nd XV 50 – 0 City University 1st XV, 07/02/18

With ponchos packed, sombreros worn and moustaches attempted, the boys made their way to their fixture. Fortress Harlington was the setting for yet another league game for the mighty…

RUMS 12 - 52 Imperial, 31/01/18

Last Wednesday saw the mighty 2nd XV take on pesky medics from UCL (RUMS) at Fortress Harlington – the same team that they’d comfortably beaten 36-7 away just a couple of weeks previously. With the classic bitter cold wind swirling in the Fortress, the anticipation of that night’s ACC on everyone’s minds and coach LJ with his standard “win this and go out and get smashed later” team talk, the scene was set. The match started perfectly for IC with some strong carries across the gain line sucking in the RUMS defence and leaving space out wide for Ifan Dafydd to go over in the corner for the first try of the match. Not long after, Harold Pinter crossed the whitewash after hitting a beautiful line through the midfield and with the pace of a back, second row Gianluigi Tosti also bagged a meat pie. By half time, Imperial were leading 19-0 and just one more try would secure them the bonus point.
Early on in the second half, after some pressure in the RUMS 22, it looked like Imperial were about to get this bonus point when Jack Fraser threw a beautifully weighted flat pass straight into the arms of a RUMS player who ran in a 90m interception try – always nice to give the opposition…

RUMS 12 - 52 Imperial, 31/01/18

Last Wednesday saw the mighty 2nd XV take on pesky medics from UCL (RUMS) at Fortress Harlington – the same team that they’d comfortably beaten 36-7 away just a couple of weeks previously. With the classic…

Sussex 36 – 5 Imperial, 31/01/18

Last Wednesday saw Imperial 1st XV take on University of Sussex for the second time this season. Last time these teams met, Sussex won comfortably, so Imperial were keen for this not to be a repeat. Immediately, Imperial imposed themselves on the game and held most of the possession in the first ten minutes. Sussex were constantly under pressure. Windy conditions meant kicking for touch was difficult for us, and Sussex were able to counterattack effectively. They would have scored a couple of times, had Josh Pope not been there to make some try saving tackles. Not all heroes wear capes. Eventually, via some lucky offloads, Sussex were able to run in a try down the wing.
However, Imperial came back fighting and some well-timed passes by prop Amin Omarouayache allowed Nick ‘The Colonel’ Ustaran-Anderegg and try-saver Josh Pope to make some yards. Mounting pressure and strong carries from the likes of Jerome Hallett and Ali Zaboronsky led to Sussex giving away penalties on their try line. We opted for the corner, and a lineout maul was easily driven over Sussex’s line with Toby Simpson at the back of it. Toby later made it clear to me in the union bar that he likes it when I mention…

Sussex 36 – 5 Imperial, 31/01/18

Last Wednesday saw Imperial 1st XV take on University of Sussex for the second time this season. Last time these teams met, Sussex won comfortably, so Imperial were keen for this not to be a repeat.…

Imperial 20 - 21 King’s College London

The Imperial flagship rugby team, the 3rd XV, arrived at fortress Harlington keen for a W. Unbeaten in the league, a win would wrap things up and guarantee a top finish. Against a team who hadn’t won a single match things should’ve been easy. It became apparent quickly though that the match would be harder than we gave it credit for, as a quick line break from the Kings’ centre put them 7-0 up 5 minutes in.

After that Imperial switched on more, and spent the rest of the first half on their try line, with the only reason tries weren’t scored being a couple of knock ons on the line from Jacob Hughes-Hallett and later Michael Rudman. But with the sun behind them in the second half, and the momentum on their side Imperial returned to the pitchwith increased vigour. A quick turn over and sending the ball through the hands allowed Imperial to finally get their first score.

The next 15 minutes were dominated by Imperial, with an excellent charge down on their try line by Hayden Cotgrove, and Marco Violet-Vianello and Jacob carving lines all through their leaky defence, and Simon Thornton scoring on his debut. 20-7 with only ten minutes left, the match and league looked like…

Imperial 20 - 21 King’s College London

The Imperial flagship rugby team, the 3rd XV, arrived at fortress Harlington keen for a W. Unbeaten in the league, a win would wrap things up and guarantee a top finish. Against a team who hadn’t won a…