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Imperial 2nd XV 29-14 King’s College London 2nd XV

So far this season, Imperial 2nd XV have been a force to reckon with, their latest game proving again how strong this team has been. It first started with some fast paced back and forth rugby, both teams showing strong runs of play. Eventually, after an intense 10 mins, Imperial managed to open the scoring. A strong run by Cowen, followed by several textbook phases, led to ICURFC’s welshiest welshman Ifan Dafydd slipping round the outside of the defence to score under the posts. Fraser with the conversion meant Imperial were up 7-0. Not long after, pressure from the Imperial defence caused their 10 (one of the biggest/chunkiest fly halfs ever seen, it was very confusing, was he a 10?) to slice a kick. The ball went sideways, straight into the hands of Imperial. It ended with Dowkes pulling off a naughty step and scoring a try whilst pointing and smiling at the guy he stepped. A bit harsh, considering both the guy’s ankles had just been broken. The kick was no good- Fraser had the accuracy, but not the power. He will no longer skip leg day. Unfortunately, just before the break, some strong running from Kings’ forwards (and some very debatable tackle attempts from…

Imperial 2nd XV 29-14 King’s College London 2nd XV

So far this season, Imperial 2nd XV have been a force to reckon with, their latest game proving again how strong this team has been. It first started with some fast paced back and forth…

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 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…

Final Score: Imperial 22 - 7 University East London

Elliot Quigley – Man of the Match

This weeks game was a big one, a clash between the top two teams in the league. We got onto the pitch and began the warm up with a sense of intensity and hunger. Everyone knew what was at stake. As UEL made their way out to warm up we did notice that a few of their players looked older than our very own Ifan Dafydd, which was slightly worrying considering he has just started hair loss treatment. However, that was not going to stop us from giving it our all. The game kicked off and both teams began at a blistering pace. However, IC were playing all of the rugby. Had it not been for a few silly mistakes, along with a few pieces of dirty play on their behalf, we could have put away a fair few tries within the first ten minutes. Eventually, their criminal acts began to be punished and with a few beautiful touch finders we managed to secure territory aswell as possession. We capitalised on this when, amidst the opposition floundering at the ruck (causing absolute chaos), George Nicholas perfectly read the crowd dynamics to pierce the centre of a ruck and barrel over the line. 5-0 to Imperial. An increasing amount of pressure from UEL and a…

Final Score: Imperial 22 - 7 University East London

Elliot Quigley – Man of the Match

This weeks game was a big one, a clash between the top two teams in the league. We got onto the pitch and began the warm up with a sense of intensity…

The first competitive game for the 2nd XV would prove to be a physical test against a team whose firepower comprised a pack of absolute “heffers”! The encounter started with Imperial playing into a strong wind, meaning that ball-in-hand was the name of the game, enabled by a solid platform creation by the pack. Scrums and lineouts were won with ease from our own feed, with a good number of turnovers (particularly from lineouts) providing a base from which the backs launched some spicy attacks. The first try of the game went to Imperial, with lovely interplay creating space for Oli Parker to exploit on the right wing, beating his man and crossing over with aplomb. Soon after came the second, through good ball retention and powerful ball running, leading to a pick and go under the posts. Goldsmiths did manage a reply with a counter attack following a turnover, but Imperial led the way at the break.

The second half comprised good game management from Imperial, holding onto possession and probing a leggy defence. Goldsmiths’ one-out runners were tiring and posed little threat as the game wore on. Imperial’s line speed did not fade, which is a credit to the fitness of the team and the impact provided by the subs (finishers).…

The first competitive game for the 2nd XV would prove to be a physical test against a team whose firepower comprised a pack of absolute “heffers”! The encounter started with Imperial playing into a strong wind, meaning that ball-in-hand was the…