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Rugby eventually overpower Edinburgh

Last Wednesday saw the 1st XV claim a bonus point win over a  very dangerous University of Edinburgh side who had notched up some impressive results in the opening weeks.

UoB opened the game in a very strong fashion controlling the ball and territory but however struggled in the opening 20 minutes to find the first score of the game. Persistence was the key however and pressure forced a penalty which was kicked to the corner. From the ensuing maul hooker and Captain Jack Fielding bundled over. UoB continued their dominance in the first half but failed to take opportunities that they were presented and were duly punished at the end of the first half when Edinburgh responded with a try of their own to make the score 7-7 at half-time.

The second half continued in the same fashion as the first with UoB in control of the game and dictating the tempo. However this time UoB converted the pressure into points. The constant pressure in the 22 eventually led to two very simple tries for centre Oscar Clayton and Number 8 Kachi Udokporo respectively to bring the score to 19-7. Once again though, UoB were not able to deliver the knock out score to put Edinburgh out of sight. Ill-discipline then saw UoB defending a driving maul unsuccessfully in their own 22 which led to an Edinburgh try and the lead was narrowed to 5 points.

A tense ten minute period then ensued with the game in the balance and UoB again failing to convert try line pressure into points. But finally the breakthrough came through another driving maul. Once again Fielding was at the back to touch it down and to take UoB to unassailable 24-14 lead with time practically up.

“Its a fantastic bonus point performance at home and we perhaps deserved more than the 29 points we got” – Jack Fielding, Captain.

Fly-Half Sunni Jardine then added extra gloss to the score with a long run in to the try-line following a turnover from second row Luke Hunter. This brought the final score to 29-14. An important bonus point win for UoB and certainly something to build on heading into the run-in prior to the Christmas break.

Full time score: University of Birmingham 1s 29-14 University of Edinburgh 1s
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