BUCS campaigns off and running
The 2018/19 BUCS season got off to a fantastic start for UBRFC, with three bonus-point wins at home, and a narrow defeat away.
The 1st XV took on Bath away from home, and despite being 26-7 down at the break, were unlucky not to come away with more than a losing bonus point, eventually going down 26-19. The comeback was orchestrated by Bristol's MOTM fly-half Tom Burgess, with tries coming from Hugh Summerhayes (on debut), Macca Hayward and Mac Dale.
The 2nd XV were eager to put the relegation of last season behind them and get the season off to a good start, and did exactly that, putting Cardiff Met to the sword with an emphatic 55-14 victory. The performance was outstanding all round, but pick of the nine tries had to be Sam Thompson's 'show and go' from 40m out to secure a big win at home. Man of the match in this game was back-rower Will Verdan, who physically dominated his opposition pack alongside skipper Andrew Duckworth.
The 3rd XV were the first side out on Wednesday however, and their gutsy performance against a very physical Royal Agricultural side set the tone for the rest of the day. Despite 0-0 at half time after a scrappy first 40, it took a motivational team talk from former 'Clubman of the Year' Jules Springer to get the boys fired up, and they ran in four tries in the second half to eventually win 28-7. Man of the match Harry Jones grabbed a brace, alongside scores from Ollie 'Bojo' Robertson and Ciaran Jordan.
Finally, the 4th XV were the latest kick-off, and despite some sub-par goalkicking, were far too strong for Cardiff Medics, triumphing 32-19. MOTM Tom Knighton led from the front in a good all-round display, where perhaps the most impressive aspect was the defence, to prevent Cardiff picking up a losing try bonus point. At flanker, Will Fawcett put in a strong performance, and the opposition struggled with winger Robbie Meikle all day.
Attentions now turn to next week's fixtures, which sees the 2nds, 3rds and 4ths all on away days against Aberystwyth, Bath and Swansea respectively, whilst the 1sts return to Dingle to take on Cardiff Met in an attempt to continue the club's unbeaten run at home this year.
1st XV vs Bath: 26-19 loss - MOTM: Tom Burgess
2nd XV vs Cardiff Met: 55-14 win - MOTM: Will Verdan
3rd XV vs RAU: 28-7 win - MOTM: Harry Jones
4th XV vs Cardiff Medics: 32-19 win - MOTM: Tom Knighton