Four consecutive varsity wins is something spectacular, but to do it with 14 men for the final quarter of the game is a huge achievement, especially with a half time score of 13 all. With the women losing out to Worcester in their match all eyes were on the men as the varsity scores were even.
Worcester took an early lead through a couple of penalties before UGRFC replied with a penalty of their own and then went on to score their first try of the afternoon following an attacking lineout and driving maul over the line.
Gloucester started to look slightly perplexed as a confident and strong Worcester side began to take control of the first half and looking very different to the fixture that took place a year ago.
The Gloucester faithful started to get behind their boys as chants were sung around Moseley Rugby Club when fly-half Harry Morgan-Grant intercepted a wide pass and ran in his try from just over half way, his conversion bounced off the posts and Gloucester were seven points ahead. Not long after, Worcester gave their supporters something to cheer about as they scored in the far corner and their successful conversion brought the scores level at 13 all at the break.
Great to talk to @Downesy3 after @UGRFC 4th consecutive varsity win yesterday. What a game. 13 all at half time and 14 men on the pitch with 20 minutes still to play. #bleedblue pic.twitter.com/jJPhsestKg— Katy Homewood (@_katyhomewood) April 11, 2019
Some words of wisdom were said at half-time as the Gloucester boys scored within the opening five minutes of the second forty courtesy of lock Ben Sainsbury, the conversion was good by Morgan-Grant as UGRFC regained the lead.
Gloucester started to exploit the Worcester defence as they found space out wide and put their rivals to the test. Miles Fletcher soon broke through and wrestled his way through Worcester’s line for the home sides third try of the afternoon. The successful conversion started to see Gloucester build a healthy lead.
Nevertheless, when playing Varsity anything can happen and Worcester replied quickly through their scrum-half who found a gap and snuck over for a converted try. The visitors looked to be building on their pressure from the first half.https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
UGRFC worked tirelessly for the remaining quarter of the game after captain Jon Llyod left the field of play after a red card from the referee. The sheer belief and determination that the boys in blue showed in the final 20 minutes was something spectacular and following a period of scrappy play Matt Bowles went over the white wash and with the successful conversion UGRFC had themselves a 14-point cushion.https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Gloucester worked hard to maintain their lead with the forwards putting in both an enormous attacking and defending shift. With two minutes left to play the UGRFC boys were finally rewarded from their constant pressure as Gareth Jenkins went over the line, Fletcher extended the lead to 41-25.
Worcester were to get the final score of the match through a last-minute try, but the day was Gloucester’s after the boys in blue secured their fourth consecutive varsity with a convincing 41-30 win over their Worcester rivals.