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QMRFC take a shot but unable to handle their RUMS

First QMRFC friendlies show plenty of promise, but new look teams unable to beat UCL medics


3XV – Avevalo, Mcleavy, Petty, Breslin, Davis, Main, Hatcher, Huguet, Yippy, Evans, Lange, Karim, Halliday, Farouk, Jordan, Ball, Parmeter

QMFRC started off their season with three friendly matches against UCL’s medical school RUMS. The match saw QM with a large number of freshers, and a squad which hadn’t had much time together and precious few training sessions to practice as a team.

In the first game between both teams’ respective 3XV, the QMRFC team was composed mainly of freshers. The QM boys got off to a slow start, conceding a number of penalties early on, mainly due to infringement at the breakdown and giving away a try after a long defence deep in their own territory. With RUMS leading 7-0, QM managed to score one back through Fresher Stuart Jordan just before the break. In the second half QMRFC 3XV’s got off to a much better start with another fresher, Callum Breslin, winning a solo turnover after making a tackle. Despite this, QM conceded another try after a restart, bringing the score to 14-5 and giving RUMS 3XV the win, but not before QM scored conciliation try, leaving the final score at 14-12 and a narrow RUMS victory.


2XV – Craig, Akinbobola, Lyons, Hull, Talboys, Hatcher, Pupkevich,  Breslin, Barter, Slee, Evans, Farouk, Halliday, Jolly, Abu, Mcleavy, Jordan, Parmeter

The 2XV’s game also saw the debut of a number of players for QM, as well as a more dominating start for the Queen’s lads. Much of the first half was spent in the RUMS half, and QM were very unlucky not to come away with points. Captain Simon Craig led by example, making a number of destructive runs, bouncing tackles and driving forward in midfield. In the second half, QM showed creativity in attack;, Tim Evans’ cross-field kick placed beautifully for winger Fady Farouk. However, the bounce was difficult, allowing the RUMS winger to make a covering tackle. Fresher James Halliday and Tom Jolly both made good runs up the middle dodging between tackles and making hard yards, however, in the end, neither team could break the other’s defence and after exchanging scums and lineouts the game came to an end with a 0-0 draw.


1XV – Craig, Akinbobola, Vasey, Eames, Flowers, Bray, Hughes, Williams, Barter, Evans, Halliday, Jordan, Jolly, Parmeter, Adu, Muncey, Slee, Huguet
QMRFC came into 1XV’s game with a large pack, the likes of Paddy Vasey, Dylan Eames, Alex Flowers and Simon Craig adding weight and power to forwards. Scrums from the outset were a problem for QM, with the pack having had little time in the preseason to practice scrummaging, and a very different 1XV pack to last year. Nathan Abu proved himself in defence in the first half, successfully spoiling a RUMS overlap which could have easily led to a try. President and fullback Louis Muncey unfortunately had to come off due to injury (which everyone will be pleased to know wasn’t to the face) soon after which RUMS scored their second try of the 1XV game. Once again QM enjoyed a better second half than the first. As the team began to find their rhythm, 1XV captain Andrew Hughes broke the line and made a large amount of ground, taking QM into the RUMS half. Keeping the momentum, QM scored in the corner, allowing them the last say in the game, but the final score proved 17-5 in favour of RUMS.

After three tough games under the guiding hand of head coach Nicholas Finch, a hearty night of celebration and red beer was deserved and enjoyed in Drapers.

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