Having beaten Bedstone in our previous match, the team arrived at Rugby to face their 3rd XV with confidence but still expecting one of the hardest games of the season. After a long and detailed warm-up we kicked off, with Rugby receiving the kick.
The first half saw Shrewsbury with most of the possession and territory yet unable to penetrate the strong Rugby defence. This remained the case up until the final ten minutes of the half when Shrewsbury managed to score two tries in quick succession, with Rob Treasure scoring off a quick tap and go penalty and Leo Sartain picking the ball up on the wing to cross the line. This, combined with Roan Kirkby's kick, took us into half time 12-0 up. During the second half neither team's defence gave way, despite several attempts from Shrewsbury coming very close to scoring.
Likewise Rugby pushed to break through our line throughout the game, forcing Ben Lister-Binns to make several try-saving tackles. However, as the game came to a close Shrewsbury relaxed slightly, allowing Rugby to score their only try of the match, leaving the final score at 12-5 to Shrewsbury. An excellent win for the team with some outstanding individual performances (Man of the Match going to Ben Lister-Binns). Thanks go to Mr Johnson and Mr Kirkby for taking and coaching us.
Rob Treasure (captain, I UVI)
Below: Shrewsbury's A XV in front of the Webb Ellis stone at Rugby School
The inscription reads: "This stone commemorates the exploit of William Webb Ellis who with a fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time first took the ball in his arms and ran with it, thus originating the distinctive feature of the rugby game A.D. 1823"