With the competitive BUCS league just ten days away, University of Gloucestershire men’s rugby union kicked off their campaign with a convincing 31-12 pre-season win over the Royal Air Force U23’s.
Director of Rugby, Chris Downes was complimentary of his team’s five try win after the final whistle:
“This isn’t one off individual performances it is what we have been trying to build over two or three years.
“That is a good as performance that I have seen from UOG in a long, long time.”
Within ten minutes of the opening half, the RAF had conceded seven penalties and soon found themselves with a player in the sin bin following repeated infringements at the breakdown. Despite their one man disadvantage they opened the scoring after a series of missed tackles by the home team left space under the posts.
Liam Leeson soon responded to the visitors score after some good attacking play from Gloucestershire saw the winger go over the white wash. The missed conversion brought the score to 5-7.
UGRFC started to take control of the game towards the end of the first half after a series of attacking phases from them started to breakdown the RAF defence. A try from Lucas Town and the successful conversion from Harry Morgan-Grant left the home team 12-7 ahead at the break.
The RAF levelled the scores early on in the second half with an unconverted try, before UGRFC replied with seven points curtesy of George Sanderson and the conversion by Gavin Deane following sustained attacking pressure inside RAF’s ’22.
Gloucestershire continued their dominance into the final quarter of the game as Charlie Sichel got the ball over the try line during a driving maul. Adam Turner then ran the length of the pitch to score his team’s fifth try of the evening with the successful conversion leaving the final score 31-12.
UGRFC face Hartpury 3’s at home in ten days’ time as they kick off the start of their BUCS season with a local rivalry.