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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…

Imperial 1st XV 31 - 45 UWE (Hartpury) 2nd XV

​A crisp sunny day at fortress Harlington surprisingly saw none of the legendary gusts of wind. With the ground firm and the mercury approaching a lofty double digits, the scene was set for a challenging contest against UWE Hartpury 2nd XV. With Cap’n Jack side-lined, or perhaps an unwilling to play against his former teammates, outside centre Mike Floyd admirably stepped up to captaincy.

Imperial started well and whilst each team earnestly traded blows, a series of good phases of play saw Imperial camped in the opponents 22 looking poised to score. Alas, it was not be as an errant pass from fly half George Lane was plucked from the air by the opposition’s winger to run the length of the pitch for a converted try.

Quick to retaliate, Imperial seized upon the opportunity provided by a poor kick-off return. A mauled lineout on the 5m led to a pop from the scrum half to the two flankers, with Olisa Ufodiama rolling off the tackle to wriggle through and score a try.

The fast paced game saw 2 more tries a-piece before the half came to a close, a lack of conversions leaving the home side trailing 17 - 19.

Half-time: Imperial 1st XV 17 - 19 UWE (Hartpury) 2nd XV

The…

Imperial 1st XV 31 - 45 UWE (Hartpury) 2nd XV

​A crisp sunny day at fortress Harlington surprisingly saw none of the legendary gusts of wind. With the ground firm and the mercury approaching a lofty double digits, the scene was set for a…

Imperial 1st XV 41 - 22 Kent 1st XV

After a slow start to the season as the 1st XV get used to a new league, their opening cup fixture against last seasons opposition Kent was an ideal way to get back to winning ways. After a rushed warm up, and with Imperial have to don a somewhat village playing jersey to avoid a kit clash, the game got underway. Imperial kicked off proceedings, quickly leading to a turn over and good possession in the opposing 22. It didn’t take long before the first points of the game, and after an inch perfect pass from fly-half “Big” George Lane – who admits himself fly-half is not his natural position – Oli Benton crossed the line for a 5 - 0 lead. Soon after the restart, the pressure was back on Kent. The ball was charged down by the face of Jon Hardisty (some say his most useful contribution to the game) resulting in a lineout in opposition territory. This again produced an Imperial try, with good hands by the backline finished off well by Nathan “Brucey” Fitzpatrick in the corner.

After the initial burst of tries by Imperial, the game started to get tighter. With the exchanging of tries, Kent started to get back into the game – due mainly to Lack of Imperial discipline and…

Imperial 1st XV 41 - 22 Kent 1st XV

After a slow start to the season as the 1st XV get used to a new league, their opening cup fixture against last seasons opposition Kent was an ideal way to get back to winning ways. After a rushed warm up, and…