Cardiff Meds vs United Hospitals London 22nd October 2016

After losing to the United Hospitals in the previous year at Rosslyn Park RFC the Meds were looking to bounce back and make a big statement with NAMS just around the corner. The boys certainly wanted to put in a good performance to do the club and its many old boys justice.

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On a sunny day in Cardiff, both teams were looking forward to free-flowing rugby on the quick 4G surface at the arms park. There was an excellent atmosphere around the ground with plenty of home support from students and old boy’s a like. As the match kicked off Cardiff Meds set the pace by playing their expansive overloading game right from the off. As usual there was excellent work from Captain Cameron Watson and centre Jack Cantelo who are not only strong ball carriers, but possess soft hands, helping creating space for others by getting the ball away from contact. With the constant early pressure the meds were applying, last year’s Captain James Brock got the opening try from a wide move. ‘Brockie’ sold the defensive with the ball in two hands and cut through hole to glide over for an early try. By breaking the deadlock early, the meds had set the stall for an excellent first half. Further tries for second row Mark Zimmerman followed from a period of good pressure. This all started from the meds running the ball from their own half with excellent interplay from both the forwards and backs. There was also a try from Chris Woodford; after a good break from Will Dekker, the ball was eventually offloaded from a run from winger Dan Phillips (who earlier had not capitalised a simple 2-1 for centre Jack Cantelo to have the simplest of scores under the posts) who was working hard to get involved in the action and right that wrong. The meds were playing some exciting rugby with excellent forward dominance in the scrum from props Ed Green, Josh Price and Tiarnan Abrahams. Dynamic ball carrying from the locks George Pughe and Jack Parker setting the platform for the skilful half-backs Ollie Youngs and Daf Phillips to find the outside backs out wide.


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As the second half started a few replacements had stellar performances; to name a few Alex Duff’s self-proclaimed ‘man of the match’ performance on Facebook was nothing short of excellent. The replacement lock produced a couple of Sonny Bill offloads and claimed a cheeky opportunistic try for himself making ‘Duffy’ a crowd favourite. Winger Omar Malik, the meds answer to Jonah Lomu made some powerful runs which certainly kept the crowd entertained. As the tries kept flowing from the likes of the work horses Freddy Smith and Richard Pilcher, Cardiff had now built and unassailable lead. This was partly thanks to a few top-quality side-line conversions from Winger Joe Gare, showing he had his kicking boots back on after a hard day at the office a few days previous. There was even a late try for replacement winger Jamie Plumb who beat a couple of defenders to make his way under the post. As the final whistle blew the score finished 52-14, an excellent result for the meds reclaiming the infamous ‘bedpan’. The fixture was not just about the rugby, both sides produced a spectacle enjoyed by who all watched. Spirits ran high into the evening as both sides had a few pints together to celebrate a great day of medical school rugby.

Final Score: Cardiff Medicals RFC 52-14 United Hospitals London RFC

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Posted on: October 28th, 2016
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