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Men’s Rugby League – University of Birmingham 1sts 58-20 Warwick 2nds

By | Published March 2, 2017

The game began with a brilliant Birmingham try in the first 10 minutes by the No. 7, Captain Harry Lee converting it himself, 6-0 for Birmingham. The home team proved too much for the Warwick defence again early in the second half, a missed tackle by the Warwick full back lead to a second try by Albert Dognin for Birmingham within the first 20 minutes to put the score at 10-0.

The holes in the Warwick line were easy pickings and two more tries, by No.3 Laurence Sidwall and the No. 9, Joe Wilson followed before the first half was over put the score at 14-0. It appeared that Birmingham would go into the second half with a clean sheet but constant Warwick pressure payed off and they managed to secure a try down the right-hand side approaching the 20th minute. Birmingham quickly responded with a try of their own to put the score at 20-4 after a missed conversion. Before half time in this points filled half both Warwick and Birmingham would score again leaving it at 24-14 after a blistering interception and run by Birmingham’ Ed Young before half time.

Warwick improved their defensive line following the halftime break and held Birmingham off…for a while. Eventually a smart dummy and sidestep by Ed Young rewarded the Birmingham player with his second try of the game, which when converted left the score at 30-14. But Mr Young was not finished scoring, achieving a hatrick to leave the score at 34-14. The growing lead gave the home side greater confidence and they began to experiment with their kicking game on the wing, bring depth and space into their running game this rewarded Birmingham with two tries, score 46-14. Warwick clawed back another try after a bad mistake on the wing leaving the score at 46-20, but two more tries by Harry leek and Lawrence Sidewall left the score at 58-20 at end of play. Warwick put up a good effort including a “COD black ops Dolphin Dive” ankle tap tackle but it was nowhere near enough to hold off the dominance of the Birmingham side.

A very good win against a table topping side who last defeated the Bulls 20-38 in October. A brilliant display by a vastly improved Birmingham team.