The second edition of what OURFC hopes will now become an annual fixture in the calendar, the Old Boys emerged victorious by 28 points to 18 against the Whippets, after having lost by 36 points to 12 against the Greyhounds in last year’s inaugural fixture.
During the warm-up the rain was falling heavily but come kick-off time it had ceased however the conditions made it difficult for either side to play the expansive style of rugby they had hoped for. The home side opened the scoring on 15 minutes when centre Scott Geelan kicked a straight forward conversion. The only other score in an otherwise fairly uneventful first half was a try for the Old Boys No 8 Louis Mather which was converted by fly-half Charlie Marr. Half-time score 3 – 7.
As the conditions started to improve both teams were able to start to move the ball wider and find gaps in the opposition defence and it was the student’s who benefited first with two unconverted tries form left wing Ali Adams-Cairns and replacement fly-half Seb Haddock to give the Whippets a 13 point to 7 lead. However, the Old Boys who included six Blues in their team came back strongly with three tries in quick succession from prop Dean Irvine (2) and scrum-half Sam Waite, all converted by Marr who was 100% off the tee. The Whippets had the last word as full-back James Bennington who enjoyed a fine afternoon scored with the last play of the match.