Last Wednesday, UoB 1st XV were looking to continue their fine form in 2020 with the visit of the always dangerous Loughborough 2nd XV. The game started at a frantic pace and it was UoB who got on the scoreboard first through the boot of centre Jake Attwell. He neatly slotted a straightforward penalty in front of the posts to put Brum 3-0 up. It didn’t take Loughborough long to get on the scoreboard, capitalising on field position from a charge down on scrum-half Will Hardwick to eventually score under the posts. UoB reasserted themselves soon after, as their dominant driving maul rolled over with captain, Gregor Lockhart-Smith, registering the try with the conversion good from Attwell. Not long after, second-rower Luke Cox barrelled over from short range with another Attwell conversion extending the lead to 17-3. Birmingham would have hoped to kick on from this lead, however as the game continued to ebb and flow and some loose play in attack from UoB allowed Loughborough to counter attack and they capitalised with a stunning long range try. The scoring for the half wasn’t done there though as once again UoB quickly answered a Loughborough score with a try of there own as back-rowers Kachi Udokporo and Aiden Ali combined to send Ali over for his first 1st XV try. The try once again converted by Attwell, left the half-time score at 24-14 to UoB.
The second half kicked in to life immediately as tight-head prop Adam Piggott produced a superb offload to centre Barnaby Holliday who scored his maiden 1st XV try. This occurred just before a serious injury to fullback Nick Blain, the club and the whole of the wider UoB S&F family wish Nick speedy recovery. Following the slight delay in the game, UoB kicked on as two tries hastily followed with good finishes from scrum-half Hardwick and Number 8 Udokporo extended the lead to 41-14. With the game appearing won, UoB appeared to ease off. Meanwhile Loughborough kicked into another gear scoring 3 tries, one from an interception on half way, another from a driving maul and another from dominant forward play. This narrowed the lead to 10 points with 5 minutes to play, leaving UoB nervous. Fortunately time was not on Loughborough’s side and UoB held out for a high scoring 41-31 win.
“It’s another fantastic bonus point performance from the boys” – Tom Drewett, Head Coach