UGRFC 1XV v Bournemouth 1XV

It was a day to remember at Plock Court on Wednesday afternoon for rugby union as the University of Gloucestershire’s first team won the Western 1A league following a convincing win over Bournemouth, 52-7.

All that was required of the Gloucestershire boys was to take away a single point from the fixture and they did that and more in remarkable fashion, scoring the bonus point try within half an hour of kick-off. 

Director of Rugby Chris Downes spoke after the match praising the boy’s performance during the 1s last game of the competitive league, he said: 

“They’ve worked really hard this year and have gotten better every week and to finish it off the way they did…. It’s amazing, I am chuffed for them.

“You don’t win many league titles and you can’t take anything away they are the best in the league, I am delighted for them.”

It was a comprehensive win for the boys in blue who were never let Bournemouth into the game and kept them to nil points until late in the second half. A brace of tries from Miles Fletcher helped secure the victory but it was a full team performance that saw them win the league.

UGRFC dominated in all areas of the match and on an afternoon, perfect for running rugby the backs displayed some stunning footwork to score some well executed tries. 

At scrum time the pack were monumental in their efforts with some of their tries coming off the back of attacking set piece as they drove over the whitewash. 

It isn’t confirmed whether the boys have gained automatic promotion from Western 1A after winning the league or whether play-offs lie ahead, either way, the firsts have shown real commitment to the shirt all season and I am sure another matched will be relished if it’s required. Until then, they prepare for Varsity which takes place in just over a month’s time, where the rugby boys are hunting down their third consecutive Varsity win against Worcester.

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