Imperial College 2nd XV 25 - 3 Canterbury CC 2nd XV
After the previous two weeks, spent traveling across London only to find games had been called off, Imperial College 2nd team were relieved to finally have an opposition turn up and be able to begin to recover the lost ground from last term. The opponents this time around were Canterbury Christ Church, who narrowly defeated us at their place, so IC where fired up to get a good result and the season back on track.
A strong IC side started well and were clearly on top in the set piece, with Canterbury unable to cope with IC scrum in particular. The first points of the game came when Vaz spotted a gap close to breakdown and burst down to the touchline and had the pace to round the fullback to score. Imperial’s dominance in the scrum began to tell and IC should have grabbed their second try after they where awarded a scrum 5m out. The forwards looked to drive it over, only for the back to spread the ball wide, and the ball to be spilled forward over the line.
This seemed to spur IC on, and after a good kick to the corner from Charles Price-Smith, Imperial where able to set the maul and drive over from 10 metres out to get a deserved second try. Again, unfortunately the conversation drifted wide.
Imperial continued to have the upper hand for the remainder of the half and the only really attacking opportunities that Canterbury had, where due to mistakes from the Imperial team that had not played together for a long period of time. But a strong Imperial defensive line limited Canterbury to long-range kick at goal, which brought them back within a score.
Half-time: Imperial College 2nd XV 10 - 3 Canterbury CC 2nd XV
The second half began in a similar way, with IC still looking strong, and Charles keeping the scoreboard ticking with his boot. Imperial where very much the better team but a large penalty count against us, was prevented us from really getting on top. Eventually, Imperial managed to create another opening and after some good play from the backs, Victor Debray was able to create space for himself, and dive over in the corner.
After this, IC really started to get going, and where pushing hard for what could be a crucial bonus point come the end of the season. The sustained pressure showed and Tom Mavin was able to capitalise on a slip from the Canterbury defence, to run in unopposed, for his second of the day and leaving Charles with the easiest of conversation, which he duly converted.
A good team victory, and more performances like this will surely see the 2s climb up the table.