Imperial 3rd XV 0 - 24 St George’s 2nd XV
The game between Imperial 3rd XV and St George’s 2nds did not get off to the best start. With the game mired by cold rain and strong winds, (read Hurricane Sandy at Harlington) everyone knew it would be a tough game. However, both teams got stuck in right away with St George’s kicking off. An unlucky catch of the kickoff bouncing out gave the ball back to St George’s in a lineout. IC turned over the ball and kicked it up field. Both teams fought for ground, and after 20 minutes of contested play, St George’s managed to run the ball wide and break through the defensive line, scoring under the posts.
After the conversion, IC restarted play and kept the pressure up. As the ball was slippery and hands were numb, handling errors were plenty for both teams, and IC and St George’s both hotly contested the scrums, coming out with a few wins a piece. Following a huge scrum on the IC 22, the slippery ball was charged down by the St George’s flanker, a lucky bounce took it past the tryline and it was a straightforward score. Although several IC players disagreed with the referees decision to allow the try rather than calling the offside, they kept their heads up and went to the game at hand.
As more phases passed, penalties were given away frequently by both teams in this scrappy muddy encounter. St George’s chose to take a penalty kick directly under the posts from a short distance, but due to an extremely poor kick and strong Harlington wind, the ball failed to go over the posts.
Half-time: Imperial 3rd XV 0 - 14 St George’s 2nd XV
A short half time was called because of the cold conditions, and within minutes the game had restarted. After an evenly matched passage of play, IC found themselves on the attack within the red zone. However, a turned over ball gave St George’s an opportunity to run up field, and in a huge maul managed to score their third try. St George’s were on the attack again shortly after, and after a St George’s scrum close to the 5m line, IC managed to hold up a try that fell over the line. IC kept a strong defense up, and managed to hold up a second try immediately after. Despite the amount of pressure on them, IC went back on the attack, however another loose ball gave St George’s the 4th and final try of the match, just before full time. A defeat, but a plucky one: the three’s now look forward to next week, an opportunity to get back on track.