Looking to build on the momentum of the win at home to Edinburgh, UoB travelled to take on the always unpredictable Loughborough University 2nd XV. UoB asserted their dominance from the off and were able to dictate play and ensure that most of the game was played in their opponents half. Consistent attacking and defensive pressure from Birmingham eventually forced Loughborough into a costly mistake, with back rower Pete Vickers charging down the Loughborough 9’s box kick on their try line and falling on the ball to score.
The half continued in much the same manner with Loughborough struggling to get a foothold in the game. Birmingham were able to strike again when a neat grubber kick from fly-half Sunni Jardine was gathered by oncoming winger Eddie Jenkinson to score UoB’s second of the game. This was then followed by a Jake Attwell penalty on the brink of half-time to make the score 15-0.
The second half then became a rout with UoB putting Loughborough to the sword. It first started with a scruffy try from number 8 Kachi Udokporo, who latched onto several scuffed kicks to dive over. The onslaught continued with a try for Sunni Jardine, following a barrage of attacks on the Loughborough line the fly half eventually found the space to ghost in, with Jake Attwell then adding the extras to make the score 27-0.
“Its the best away performance I’ve been involved with and to do it at Loughborough is special” – Eddie Jenkinson, winger who scored a brace in the game
The highlight of the game cam through Birmingham’s next score. It was a try of the season contender, as a well executed move near the UoB try line saw Jardine make yet another break and release winger Jenkinson. He still had a lot of work to do to score but he superbly finished to claim his second try of the game, with Attwell again adding the extras. Replacement scrum-half Will Hardwick then collected scrappy ball of the back of an attacking scrum and shrugged off 3 defenders on his way to the try line which was then followed by some back row link up between Vickers and Udokporo which saw Udokporo go over for his second try and to make the score 48-0.
Loughborough then finally replied with a try of their own but this didn’t stop UoB reaching 50 points as once again Hardwick crashed over to make the final score 55-7. Arguably the most complete UoB rugby performance in many a year.