Final score – 31-12 WIN
Man of the Match – Chris Paton
As the train travelled through Waterloo the rain was drizzling on the cold window. I was sat alone, nursing a Fosters, with a baby screaming behind me adding to the already splitting headache. I’ve made a mistake I thought. But too far into the journey to go home, I carried on the long train journey to watch the mighty IMRFC 1XV in the years first league fixture, and how glad I was I did.
What would we get from the game I thought as I walked up the road, having got off of the bus stop an irritating two stops two early. Would captain Grumpy finally find something to smile about? Would Charms find another young fresher to take on today…? Or would Chris have some more mundane rugby-related chat to bore people at the bar in 80 minutes time?
When I eventually arrived, the game was 5 minutes in, and we were 7-0 down. All I’d missed was Max dropping the kick off. The boys were evidently hyped after one man team fun arrived, and had a sustained period of pressure in the Queen Mary’s (QM) 22, but couldn’t convert to points. After a slipped tackle QM’s broke away and chipped to the corner which was collected by the winger to dot down.
Luckily captain not-so-fantastic sparked the comeback with the first of his tries. After some good forward play he went over from 5 metres and Faadil slotted the conversion.
12-7 down at half time.
After half time, we had the slope and wind with us allowing to gain some territory and put some much-needed pressure on a weak defence. Pether’s with a clear concussion opted to carry on, and was making some big carries up front, with the rest of the pack setting up a good platform for the backs. Unfortunately, errors in the midfield were handing back possession to QM.
Some substitutions were the catalyst to our comeback, with Chris moving to ten as Faadil came off with an injury, and big Lewis Rodgers swapping the oars for the egg this year coming on for his competitive debut. Lewis had an instant impact cutting a great line and putting us on the front foot. With Chris giving some good distribution the ball was now hitting the wings and after a good break Jonny capitalised on a good offload from someone to score. After this the flood gates opened.
The scrum was dominant all game and provided a great platform for one of Chris’ tries, who cut a beautiful line between the scrum and opposition 10. Chris then scored another one making the most of an overlap after some sustained pressure in QM’s 22. Our final try came for Captain Grumpy after a great strip from someone and good support play by the man himself and he rumbled over for the try. Final score with 26 unanswered points in the second half, 31-12 to Medics. Great bonus point win to start the season.
Team fun was slightly short on numbers but still managed to sneak the win, and after last week’s cry off from RUMS are 2 from 2. We celebrated the day with your age in unit’s home and renowned DJ’s MC Hammer and Doc Nugget providing some fire. Some disappointing performances with a few sneaking off and Chris suggesting “we save our drinks for another time”. Special mention to myself, Davidsons squared, Oscar and the Colonel who were the only members to complete. All in all a grand day out and a good first win for the 1XV.
Disclaimer: Some of the events in this report may not have taken place in the order described.