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UCL 3rd XV 42 - 12 Imperial 3rd XV

Playing for the first time as the newly branded Imperial 6th XV, ICURFC’s 3rd team made a slow start to the season suffering defeat at the hands of an organised UCL outfit.

Scoring from their first attack of the game, UCL immediately put Imperial on the back foot with strong running and good link play. Despite brave defence the pressure did not let up and Imperial went into half time four tries down.

Putting the result out of mind, Imperial refocused in the second half and with the help of senior players coming off the bench produced a much improved performance. Organisation and discipline paid off as Imperial scored twice late in the game and at the final whistle left the field in positive spirits.

Following this summer’s BUCS ruling that forced the merger in name of Imperial and the Medics, Imperial College 3rd XV arrived at Shenley Sports ground in their new guise as Imperial 6th XV slightly before the monstrous convoy of UCL coaches.

The Imperial line-up featured many fresh faces, all keen to prove their credentials. After a warm up led by new captain Luke ‘The Angel of the North’ Armitage and part time rugby coach/full time Techtonic crooner James Hayward the game…

UCL 3rd XV 42 - 12 Imperial 3rd XV

Playing for the first time as the newly branded Imperial 6th XV, ICURFC’s 3rd team made a slow start to the season suffering defeat at the hands of an organised UCL outfit.

Scoring from their first attack…

Brighton 1st XV 0 - 38 Imperial 1st XV

It has been well over 8 weeks since ICURFC have taken the field. This winter the bitter English weather has been brutal but this gave the team time to heal up and, in some cases, fatten up. A very strong squad took the two hour trip to Eastbourne, home of sun seeking pensioners and apparently Brighton rugby. We travelled through rain and snow to be greeted by a pitch that had seen better days.

Keen to avoid the arctic temperature we ran out for only a quick warm up. Although Brighton play in the league below they had beaten table topping St Barts meaning they were not to be underestimated.

Captain Jack, returning after injuring his ankle earlier the season, gave one of his inspiring team talks punctuated with blood curdling screams of ‘This is Sparta’.

George Lane kicked off the game and the team got off to a great start with strong tackling leading to a penalty. This dominance continued for the next four minutes where we saw the first yellow of the game. Toby Spittle’s jovial behaviour around the breakdown landed him with a well deserved, albeit poor, headbutt, giving the Brighton loose head a much needed 10 minute breather. His claims of vengeance left Toby quaking in his…

Brighton 1st XV 0 - 38 Imperial 1st XV

It has been well over 8 weeks since ICURFC have taken the field. This winter the bitter English weather has been brutal but this gave the team time to heal up and, in some cases, fatten up. A very strong…

Varsity Launch Party 2013
Varsity Launch Party 2013

Varsity officially starts on Thursday 17th January in Metric with the Varsity Launch Party! Come to beat the Medics on and off the field!! Claim your support to IC rugby at the door.

Varsity Launch Party 2013
Varsity Launch Party 2013

Varsity officially starts on Thursday 17th January in Metric with the Varsity Launch Party! Come to beat the Medics on and off the field!! Claim your support to IC rugby at the door.

Imperial 2nd XV 12 - 5 RUMS 2nd XV

​It was a cold, windy and wet November afternoon when the Imperial 2s rugby team turned up at Harlington for a match against RUMS. The Harlington wind, coupled with the driving rain made the players feel like Hurricane Sandy was paying thema little visit. After a warm-up that ensured every member of the team was thoroughly soaked and cold, the game began. The horribly windy conditions stifled the natural flair of the home team, who were still trying to play the feared Imperial pattern. RUMS, as their backline had no hope of penetrating the solid Imperial defence, led by numerous big hits from centre Oli Benton, only had one game plan, the endless pick and gos, with the occasional ineffectual crash ball from their Hansen-esque inside centre.

The home team conceded numerous penalties around the breakdown due to a referee who turned a blind eye towards RUMS many hands in many rucks. However, neither side could convert any of their chances and the match remained scoreless at half-time.

Half-time: Imperial 2nd XV 0 - 0 RUMS 2nd XV

After a half-time break spent warming up in the changing rooms Imperial 2s came out a much more dominate team. Smart kicking from fly-half Ali Jones kept the…

Imperial 2nd XV 12 - 5 RUMS 2nd XV

​It was a cold, windy and wet November afternoon when the Imperial 2s rugby team turned up at Harlington for a match against RUMS. The Harlington wind, coupled with the driving rain made the players feel like…

Imperial 3rd XV 0 - 24 St George’s 2nd XV

​The game between Imperial 3rd XV and St George’s 2nds did not get off to the best start. With the game mired by cold rain and strong winds, (read Hurricane Sandy at Harlington) everyone knew it would be a tough game. However, both teams got stuck in right away with St George’s kicking off. An unlucky catch of the kickoff bouncing out gave the ball back to St George’s in a lineout. IC turned over the ball and kicked it up field. Both teams fought for ground, and after 20 minutes of contested play, St George’s managed to run the ball wide and break through the defensive line, scoring under the posts.

After the conversion, IC restarted play and kept the pressure up. As the ball was slippery and hands were numb, handling errors were plenty for both teams, and IC and St George’s both hotly contested the scrums, coming out with a few wins a piece. Following a huge scrum on the IC 22, the slippery ball was charged down by the St George’s flanker, a lucky bounce took it past the tryline and it was a straightforward score. Although several IC players disagreed with the referees decision to allow the try rather than calling the offside, they kept their heads up and went to…

Imperial 3rd XV 0 - 24 St George’s 2nd XV

​The game between Imperial 3rd XV and St George’s 2nds did not get off to the best start. With the game mired by cold rain and strong winds, (read Hurricane Sandy at Harlington) everyone knew it…