Rugby: UCL 0 UEL 31
PUBLISHED: 15:30 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:04 26 March 2018
University of East London men’s rugby team finished their season on a high with a 31-0 win over UCL.
Three members of the football team, plus a cricket team member helped UEL field a full squad, with scrum-half Arthur Mann dashing across London to play.
And the game was a tight contest to begin with as UEL played tight around the fringes and UCL’s defence matched up to the pressure.
Some wayward kicking and poor discipline allowed UCL time in UEL’s 22, but their defence held solid and they enjoyed success at the lineout as second row James Willis competed hard at the front and props Joe Bridger and Mason Durand proved strong on the counter drive.
It was from a poor UCL line out that flanker Stephen McGinn broke through and offloaded to captain and fly half Harry Walker who sent number eight Tom Courtney under the posts.
Walker converted and with the deadlock finally broken UEL began to get on top and Courtney again cut a line off Walker, breaking through and a tackle to score his second.
Leading 12-0 at half time, UEL extended their lead as Courtney controllied the ball at the back of the scrum to complete his hat-trick and McGinn, havnng already taken over kicking duties from Walker, went over for a try himself.
This was followed by a final play where the game opened up and some passing out wide allowed flanker David White to score on the wing.
A team spokesman said: “It’s been a frustrating season with lost chances in the league and a disappointing first half in the final, but the heart shown by a scratch team to win an away match shows that we can expect greater things next season.
“Thanks to those players who stood up from football and cricket, the physios and the representative from sponsor Stoke Travel who came to support the team.”
UEL: Joe Bridger, Matt Clarke, Mason Durand, Brandon Crooke, James Willis, David White, Stephen McGinn (mom), Tom Courtney, Arthur Mann, Harry Walker, Sam Bangura, Zach Winfield, Cassius Cracnell, Ihtisham Mir, Tashan Best, Jack Swann.