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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…

London Irish Merit Tournament – 2nd Place, 18/01/17

With no league fixture, the ICU 3rd XV made their way down to the London Irish for a merit tournament. Winning 2 of their 3 games, they earned just that. The university of arts broke the trend as always, arriving fashionably late and 5 players short. The opportunity was realised to volunteer Louis Benson to play for UAL – Si-Woo Kim kept him company. A 12 aside game ensued, with space to run on both sides. UAL made the first mark, but within a minute ICU’s debutant Sam Muirhead had got one back, breaking through the UAL line from his own half to score. Within 3 phases of the restart, ICU had lost possession and Si-Woo Kim was breaking ICU ankles, wherever he pleased. Luckily, he offloaded the ball to Benson, from whom possession was quickly turned over. In the broken play that followed, the ball ended up in Joao Pereira’s hands on the other side of the pitch to score the try. Now, UAL legs were tiring, and turnovers became a regular occurrence. Although their fullback was still running hard and fast, he could do nothing stop Hicks and Rudman both running in to score to finish them off. The final score was 24-10.

In the second game of the tournament ICU put up a…

London Irish Merit Tournament – 2nd Place, 18/01/17

With no league fixture, the ICU 3rd XV made their way down to the London Irish for a merit tournament. Winning 2 of their 3 games, they earned just that. The university of arts broke the trend…

Alex Ruffman displaying passing flair. Credit: Benjamin Lester (http://throughbenslens.co.uk)
Alex Ruffman displaying passing flair. Credit: Benjamin Lester

Imperial College 3rd XV 29 - 10 Imperial Medics 3rd XV

The big day has arrived for Imperial College 3rd XV, varsity. Despite the defeat in the friendly against Surrey the previous week, training had allowed the team to gain confidence, and it was with high morale and motivation that the team entered the field. After a speech, made up of fine words with a rare elegance, reminding us of the long history of love we have with Medics, the team was ready for battle.

After a light observation round, IC started to gain possession, eventually leaving the referee with no choice but to blow his whistle for IC (yes, his whistle was still working at this time). After a first touch not found, the second penalty hit the mark. A good lineout maul advanced ten meters with the ball coming into the hands of Bruno “Jules Plisson” “flair god” “baguette man” Villatte. A signature dummy back pass with Tom Murray bamboozled the low IQ medics, with only the fullback was still able to defend. Very good support by Syarif “3s convert” Hertog made it a 2-on-1, and a try under the posts. 7 - 0

Despite the wind, IC had the only real attacking opportunities for the…

Alex Ruffman displaying passing flair. Credit: Benjamin Lester (http://throughbenslens.co.uk)
Alex Ruffman displaying passing flair. Credit: Benjamin Lester

Imperial College 3rd XV 29 - 10 Imperial Medics 3rd XV

The big day has arrived for Imperial College 3rd XV, varsity. Despite the defeat in the friendly against Surrey the…

Imperial College 3rd XV 24 - 14 University of Chichester 3rd XV

The 3rd XV have had a rather disappointing year. The apathy of BUCS in doing little or nothing to resolve the issue of South Eastern 7A having only 2 teams left the 3s despondent, and a heavy defeat away in their single match so far was not the start we were looking for. Hungry for a win after the previous match, the 3rd XV hosted Chichester at Harlington, other wise known as ‘The Fortress’. To put the icing on the cake, the referee was none other than Big Bad Bob Coutts, extremely enthusiastic in his correspondence with the captain.

The day started off with an embarrassing entrance, being given our marching orders to ‘Little Harlington’ changing rooms; the luxuries of the big rooms were reserved for the sheer quantity of numbers in the lacrosse squads. After struggling for air in changing rooms being compared to ‘Harry Potter’s cupboard under the stairs, we arrived on the pitch half an hour before kick off, and an hour and a half after the arrival of our opposition.

The first half was a tight affair, with both teams given scant opportunities. There were, admittedly, some squandered chances down to ‘white line fever’, a syndrome that has…

Imperial College 3rd XV 24 - 14 University of Chichester 3rd XV

The 3rd XV have had a rather disappointing year. The apathy of BUCS in doing little or nothing to resolve the issue of South Eastern 7A having only 2 teams left the 3s despondent,…

University of Chichester 3rd XV 40 - 7 Imperial College 3rd XV

Finding themselves in a league of 2 teams, any form of game time has been a rarity for the IC 3rd XV. With the only match time this season coming from two ten-a-side tournaments, and for some team members the only match time of their lives on a rugby field, it was set to be a big day out for the 3rd XV. With a journey time pushing 2 and a half hours, anticipation and a buzz for the first match of the season were strong on the buses heading down.

A reduced squad of 16 men, many of whom would be playing wildly out of position, meant the risk of injuries was high. Unfortunately, after a hard hitting first few minutes of the season, Christian Mellor suffered an injury to his ankle leaving the 3s with an emptied bench. Whilst upfront aggression in the pack kept spirits up, missed tackles crept in, letting a few easy breakaway tries slip through.

A hard fought try opportunity came and went as the ball was held up and then lost after some brutal efforts following the attacking scrum. With some dominant forward attacking play and lethal kicking from the swinging boot of Charles Prichard, the run of play wouldn’t have suggested the score line, but it was all looking…

University of Chichester 3rd XV 40 - 7 Imperial College 3rd XV

Finding themselves in a league of 2 teams, any form of game time has been a rarity for the IC 3rd XV. With the only match time this season coming from two ten-a-side tournaments, and…