United Hospitals RFC- Oxbridge Conquerors, Necktie Connoisseurs, Miley Cyrus Fan Club

Score: 38-0 vs Cambridge U21’s

Squad: J.Wilson, B.Rudran, V.McGeoch, T.Burt, B.Thomas, J.Wilson, O.Cummin, A.Edwards-Bailey, A.Scarborough, Z.Vinnicombe, E.Underwood, A.McManus, L.Thompson, J.Super, W. Crinnion, A.Guilliam, N.Cox, A.Briki, M.Whittaker, C.Horn, A.Muhoza, W.Rea, S.Cullen, J.Smith.

Scorers: McGeoch, L.Thompson, A.McManus, Z.Vinnicombe, J.Super, E.Underwood

Conversions: Z.Vinnicombe (3), S.Cullen (1)

United Hospitals RFC were once again on our travels to face the Cambridge U21’s. Buoyant after a 22-10 victory against an Oxford side containing Blues squad members amongst their ranks, we travelled up with optimism. Assembling in the changing room, the usual formalities were observed. These primarily consisted of discussing the respective medical school seasons thus far, where to booze after and how shocking B.Rudran’s topknot was.

The usual pre-game warm up was sharp, and the UH chaps were ready for the young Tabs. The opening exchanges were vicious. A.Scarborough marshalled the pack well, as the dominance of the UH forwards was rather evident. The scrum was of particular dominance with the front row of J.Wilson, B.Rudran and V.McGeoch terrorising their counter-parts. Front foot ball allowed our fly-half, Z.Vinnicombe, to zip the ball with venom bringing the centres, A.Mcmanus and L.Thompson, into play. The barrage of pressure in the opening 20 minutes paid off as V.McGeoch rumbled over from a carry short from the ruck. Z.Vinnicombe obliged with the extras. Soon after V.McGeoch scored he was said to have possibly injured a rib and had to resign to the bench, much to the relief of Cambridge. Further to touchline assessment it was confirmed it was infact a stitch.

Cambridge struggled to get a foothold of the game in the 1st half. The back-row were imperious with O.Cummin and J.Wilson clearing the scraps, whilst Andrew “Bumble” Edwards bounced the tabs reminiscent of Miley Cyrus’s hit single Wrecking Ball. The sheer depth in the back row was evident with M.McNally injured and 2 back row replacements on the bench, which stands testament to the quality of the squad this year.

 

With the UH gaining confidence with every play, Z. Vinnicombe and A.McManus aptly pulled the strings and brought E.Underwood into play to score in the corner. The 1st half finished with Cambridge carrying well, and their centres began to finding holes in the UH defence and threatened out wide. Further, to the UH defensive line rebuffing their attempts, L.Thompson scored off good turnover ball. The turnover arised from an up and under from Z.Vinnicombe, which O. Cummin turned over after an impressive kick chase. The ball was zipped wide and  L.Thompson finished off a fluid move from UH. L.Thompson was ecstatic at scoring against his previous university. If L.Thompson hasn’t mentioned it already, he went to Cambridge…

 

UH went in at half-time with a much deserved lead. Changes were observed and the fresh legs of C.Horn, N.Cox, A.Muhoza, A.Briki and debutant M.Whittaker in the forwards continued to provide a nuisance to the Cambridge break down. The line-out continued strongly with T.Burt and O.Cummin winning UH and Cambridge ball. W.Rea marshaled the forwards well and S.Cullen showed a good range of passing in the second half bringing the backs into play. J. Super, a versatile back from Imperial, capped a good performance for UH with a try. A.McManus continued to carry well in the centres. The highlight being a darting run with an audacious offload to Z.Vinnicombe who ran under the post for the try. By the 60th minute, Cambridge were still going strong. They brought on some strong replacements who really tested the UH defence. The UH defence stood strong, something that is becoming a trademark of our season. A. McManus finished the game with a try to his name too.

 

All in all, it was a tremendous performance from the entire squad. Particular mention must go to the man of the match and captain O.Cummin who led well. UH now go into the New Year with further fixtures ahead. The Michaelmas term has resulted in 2 wins against Oxbridge opposition. Congratulations to all, and many thanks to Mr F.Banks and our injured team-mate M. McNally for coming down and supporting.

By Bran Rudran, Imperial

 

United_Hospitals_RFC_crest

Leave a Comment