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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…

Imperial 12 – 15 Brunel, 24/01/18

Last Wednesday marked the return of ICURFC 1st XV to rugby after Christmas, in which they took on Brunel University. Following a close loss to Brunel in November, last time these teams met, Imperial were determined not to let history repeat itself. The cold, windy and wet conditions at Harlington couldn’t dampen our spirits. We started strongly, and our forwards were able to truck the ball up into Brunel’s 22. Quick hands from flyhalf Harry Allingham allowed Alex Amato to run over for an easy try. With James Field’s conversion we were 7-0 up early in the game.

Dropped balls and poor discipline prevented us from gaining attacking momentum for the rest of the first half. Brunel kept us busy in defence and made effective use of the strong winds when kicking for touch. A dangerous Brunel attack was stopped by fresher Nick Ustaran-Anderegg, who quickly got up and turned over the ball after making a tackle. Brunel’s talkative inside centre was also soon introduced to the ground when he tried to run through Isaac Bailey and was, less than politely, made to sit down. Unfortunately, our eager defence gave away a penalty for being offside and Brunel made the score 7-3 from the tee.

The…

Imperial 12 – 15 Brunel, 24/01/18

Last Wednesday marked the return of ICURFC 1st XV to rugby after Christmas, in which they took on Brunel University. Following a close loss to Brunel in November, last time these teams met, Imperial were…

RUMS 7 – 36 Imperial, 18/01/17

Last Wednesday saw the first match of the year for Imperial 2nd XV against RUMS (UCL medics) 2nd XV. This was an opportunity to continue with our winning form from before the holidays, and also to prove to coach LJ that the fitness work we had done before Christmas had not been completely undone. The match kicked off and IC instantly put RUMS under pressure. We set the tone in defence early on, with some big hits coming in from Will Bolton and happy George Nicholas. Harry Brady didn’t take long to injure an opposition player, and due to their lack of subs they were down to 14 men. Poor discipline was preventing us from taking hold of the match. A neat backs move opened up a hole for Jack Fraser, who ran over in the corner for the first try of the match. 5-0 to Imperial. After some nice offloads between the forwards, we managed to get into their 22. A couple of simple passes later, I found myself going over the whitewash. Fraser converted and made the score 12-0.

Not wanting the match to be too easy, naughty Elliot Quigley took it upon himself to even up the numbers. He put in a malicious dump tackle on one of their players and was given 10 minutes on the sidelines to reflect on his…

RUMS 7 – 36 Imperial, 18/01/17

Last Wednesday saw the first match of the year for Imperial 2nd XV against RUMS (UCL medics) 2nd XV. This was an opportunity to continue with our winning form from before the holidays, and also to prove to coach…