On Easter Monday in wet Blustery conditions St Ives played host to the touring Imperial Medics in the annual fixture between the two sides.
The game was played in excellent spirits despite the difficult conditions, the first half provided some entertaining rugby but it was St Ives that came out on top in the first period with two converted tries scored by Raphael Baragwanath
(5 mins’) and Josh Palmer
(11 mins’) both were converted by Mark Sherris
who was returning to the side following injury. The medics scored a converted try of their own to leave the half time score 14-7 to the Hakes.
The second half saw a determined performance from the Medics, they opened the scoring in the half with an un-converted try after 55 minutes and only 10 minutes later added another un-converted try to take the lead in the game by 17 points to 14. The St Ives players rallied well though and within 5 minutes of going behind re-claimed the lead when Mark Sherris
crossed in the corner in front of the clubhouse, the conversion was missed to leave St Ives with a slender lead with only 8 minutes remaining.
The final minutes of the game were played in the St Ives half as the Medics pressed for a winning score, they had a chance to kick a penalty for 3 points that would have possibly won them the game, but the distance of the kick was too much and the opportunity was missed. The referee brought the game to a close two minutes later to give St Ives their first win in 8 games.
The Hakes are back in action this Saturday with their last away game of this seasons campaign at Wellington, kick off is scheduled for 3.00pm, any travelling support would be most welcome.
StIves; Ben Wheeler
(Captain), Ben Jenkins
, Liam Trudgeon
, Ryan Trudgeon
, Tom Chandler
, Sean Stevens, Nigel Laity
, Matt Pascoe
, Josh Palmer
, Mark Sherris
, Dillon Loake
, Jacob Ninnes
, Toby Carver
, Raphael Baragwanath
, Neal Perkin
. Replacements: Charles Anderson Smith
, Ellis Cox
, Joff Rowe