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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…