USP put in a superb performance to take all 5 points.
United Services were able to put in an all-round performance in difficult conditions - running out 45 – 8 winners against a young and energetic Old Georgians. The games started at a quick pass with both teams trying to play attacking fast-paced rugby. Old Georgians started to infiltrate the USP’s 22m line, finally resulting in a penalty. Kick was successful leaving USP 3 points down. This seemed to wake USP up and they pounced on an Old Georgians’ mistake; after a number of phases Old Gs were deemed to have slowed the ball down at the break down illegally resulting in a penalty to USP. USP choice to go for the corner from the lineout resulted in a successful drive and try by Will Rolfe. USP then started to dominate the open exchanges, in almost identical fashion USP scored twice more with Bruce Neil and Luke Davies getting the next two scores. Both teams then exchanged the ball a number of times with handling errors. Old Gs broke the USP line from a clearance kick, allowing a two on one for Old Gs resulting in a try. Half time saw the score at USP 21 – Old Gs 8.
USP spoke about correcting the small errors made to ensure that they came out and controlled the game. USP started to dominate the second half with a number of powerful runs from the likes of Will Rolfe, Harry Bates and Harry Alexander and clinical handling skills started to reap the rewards for USP scoring a further 4 tries coming from Martin Hoskins, Ryan Newton, Will Rolfe and Sam Mullane. It was clear to see that USP had finally put in an all-round performance, after having a number of weeks playing below standard. Matt Wake was pleased with the superb performance and composure of all 18 players to get the result USP wanted: ‘we have not been meeting our own expectations over the past 4 weeks and are still getting results. The boys put in a huge shift during the week to ensure we were coming into the game fully prepared. This was clear after the first 20 minutes: our defence was well organised and attack started to keep the ball for a number of phases. I was also really pleased with the lads coming off the bench to make a huge impact in the contact area. We now go into the next 2 games looking to put in similar performances to keep us moving forward’.
Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC