Match report 1st XV vs Plymouth Uni 1st XV.

On a bright and brisk day at Llanrhymney the Cardiff Medics looked to get their first home game of the BUCS league underway. After narrowly missing out on a win against Exeter 4’s the week before the boys were keen to put in a strong performance, and send a message to the rest of the league.

The warm up began with Darius’s routine, or as many call it a full fitness session. The warm up looked slick, with both set piece and open play looking clinical. The changing rooms were bouncing to the sound of Duffy’s pre game play list, and with the final team talks completed the boys headed out to the field.

The meds kicked off, pressurising the Plymouth opposition and managed to work their way into a commanding position, however, much like the rest of the half the meds failed to capitalise on these opportunities with indiscipline, allowing Plymouth back into the game. The set piece seemed to go through dips and patches, with the lineout working efficiently for most of the game but the scrum going through a tough patch after the first 20 minutes. Although, there was still some good play in the first half, with a series of intricate passes from backs and forwards almost seeing the first try of the game, but being just denied on the Plymouth 5 meter line. A large amount of the first half saw the meds defend from their mistakes, however, the team still managed to score 3 tries coming from well worked set piece and open play.

As the half time whistle blew the meds knew that they had not played to the standard expected of them and vast changes had to be made in the second half. With some home truths voiced and encouraging words from Huw and Cam the boys set off into the second half with a new found hunger. The initial kick off was lost, however positive defence saw Plymouth denied any points. Once the players had settled in and the team gained some possession the flood gates started to open. Great hands from several backs accompanied by more efficient rucking from the forwards saw the meds run in a host of tries. Great team work and support play from both forwards and backs saw some classy tries being finished especially from hooker turned prop Spike Price. Another stand out try was from Alex Moore, who managed to slope his way through a series of defenders, eventually diving from the 22 to score in the corner, using his height to good use.

When the final whistle blew the boys were content with the win and the points that they had managed to score, although there was a sense that a better first half could have seen a more impressive spectacle, final score 50-3 to the meds.

Overall the win sees the meds have a good platform to work off and improve on for next week.

 

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Posted on: October 13th, 2016
Posted in: latest news, results

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