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 visitors’ defence was split open one more time, with Ustaran-Anderegg providing the finishing touches. Overall, a far from flattering scoreline for Imperial, who could have scored many more. A dominant performance, with plenty of individual impact, strong tackling and early understanding of team systems. Full-time 19-7 win for IC.