The annual overnight stay north of the border in Scotland occurred this past week as UoB 1st XV travelled to take on the University of Edinburgh.
On the day of the game problems arose around the kick-off time and a late switch of playing surface from astro to grass could have easily put the boys off. However, the tone of the game was set in the first few minutes with the first scrum being dominated by UoB. In typical Scottish fashion, there was persistent wind and rain which only worsened throughout the game, which made conditions freezing cold and made the pitch extremely heavy under foot. UoB, playing with the wind in the first half, managed the game superbly and controlled the majority of territory. Their reward came through Number 8 Kachi Udokporo who, after a series of dominant scrums, manage to burrow his way over the whitewash. The conversion was successful by Jake Attwell, and this gave Birmingham a 7-0 lead. UoB were guilty of missing their chances though and should have extended the lead before half-time and were even lucky that the Edinburgh 10 missed a relatively straight forward penalty to narrow the gap.
Half Time score; University of Edinburgh 0-7 University of Birmingham
In the second half the conditions seemed to get worse and the game narrowed up even more. It was a much more attritional affair but it only took 15 minutes for the first score to come, as similarly to Udokporo in the first half, scrum-half Will Hardwick bashed his way over 10 metres out from a scrum and left Attwell with a simple conversion to make the scores 14-0. UoB then, with resolute defending and some well built ball in hand play, shut out Edinburgh and did not concede any points in a game which is a remarkable feat. A superb 14-0 win away in Scotland is certainly something to be proud of.
Full Time score: University of Edinburgh 0-7 University of Birmingham
‘Its a huge achievement to come North of the Border and put in a performance like that’ – Gregor Lockhart-Smith, Hooker and Captain
It was another great display from the 1st XV, especially going all that way and not conceding a single point, and it keeps them near the top of the table! To keep up to date with the goings on from UBRFC be sure to follow them on Twitter and Instagram.