Gloucestershire University 1XV v Southampton University

Difficult playing conditions didn’t hold Gloucestershire back, as they ran in a formidable ten tries against Southampton and kept the visitors from putting any points on the score board.

It was a slow start to what turned into a very exciting yet one sided affair. Both teams had difficulty in holding onto the ball, however Gloucestershire had the upper hand for the majority of the scrums.

The Blue and Blues started to open up the game late into the first half, when they created three quick tries following strong attacking lines from the whole pack. Two tries were converted despite the demanding task of kicking into the strong wind which played its part throughout the match.

Gloucestershire started to increase the pressure even more on Southampton, eventually forcing them to kick away possession. This started to go in the Blues favour, especially when winger Alex Harris sprinted down the touch line to score.

Within seconds of the re-start Gloucestershire were attacking again, this time centre Josh Frost delivered the goods for the Blues fifth try of the afternoon. Both tries were converted which left the half-time score 33-0

Gloucestershire were soon bleeding blue once again after a dominant scrum drove over the try line five meters’ out, the conversion this time was taken wide by the wind.

Winger Ciaran Leeson added the next fifteen points to the board, scoring a remarkable three successive tries with his combination of line breaks and impressive pace. This brought the score to over half a century.

Gloucestershire continued to dominate in all areas of the match forcing Southampton’s mistakes and rarely letting them into their ’22.

The tenth and final try of the match was by forward Henry Edwards who capitalised on yet another gap in the Southampton defensive line.

For a young side, The Blue and Blues held their composure throughout and remained focused in the high scoring game, something very laudable for any team. Their strong rugby ability shone throughout the match which in return rewarded them with a conclusive 60-0 victory.

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