NAMS vs Bristol (Medics Varsity)

It was a fine day as the Meds travelled across the bridge for their NAMS opener and annual Medics Varsity match against Bristol. The likely lads of BBJ, Westlife and Dr Wiggil had all made the effort to come back and support on the touch line and were already exerting their authority over the quivering freshers.

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It was a frustrating start for the Meds who struggled to crack Bristol’s strong and enthusiastic defence. It wasn’t until 20 minutes in when a stray pass from Young put Watson-Boycott in space. Somehow he managed to outpace the covering fullback, as he thundered his way over for the opening try. A number of handling errors was proving costly for the Meds, as repeated attacks broke down with no gain. Just before half time, a patient build up finally led to another score as Cantelo sliced his way through the flailing opposition centres to get the second try of the game. 10-0 to the Meds at half time. Fortunately for those involved, Huw had sacked the boys off for a romantic weekend away in Bath – the hair dryer treatment would have been inevitable.

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It was a good start to the second half, as the Meds were camped deep in the Bristol half. Patient build up and some slick hands finally put winger Rhodri James in some space as he burrowed his way into the corner. The Meds rampaged straight back into Bristol’s half from the kick off, as replacement freshers Whittaker and Kneath carried hard. Camped deep in the opposition 22, the referee awarded us with penalty advantage. Quick ball from the base of the ruck, and sharp thinking from Daf Phillips, saw tight-head prop Aled Rees get on the end of the fly half’s smart grubber kick through. This wrapped up the bonus point with 10 minutes to play. The final 10 minutes of the game saw the Meds squander more try scoring opportunities. Glimpses of potential were seen all over the park which made the performance all the more frustrating. A late try from Captain Watson-Boycott saw him bag his second of the day, and when the final whistle blew it ended 25-0. It was a tough day for kicker Young, who missed all of his touchline kicks in the swirling wind…

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It was a convincing win for the Meds and a good start to the NAMS 2016/2017 campaign, but a match that left plenty to work on.


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Posted on: December 9th, 2016
Posted in: latest news, results

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