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Rugby Union: UCS Old Boys stung by Wasps in Herts/Middlesex One

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 March 2018

UCS Old Boys in action earlier in the season (pic: Nick Cook)

UCS Old Boys in action earlier in the season (pic: Nick Cook)

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Herts/Middlesex One: Wasps FC 62 UCS Old Boys 19

UCS Old Boys suffered a stinging 60-17 defeat on their trip to Wasps in Herts/Middlesex One.

Within the first twelve minutes, a Wasps back scored a seemingly fluke try, where the ball in the loose appeared to hit and bounce off his legs and through the Old Boys defence.

The Wasps back gathered it and ran ten metres, crossed the line and came round to touch down under the posts, with the score converted.

The UCS response was swift, with a drive-over try scored by Tom Arnold after fifteen minutes from a penalty awarded near the line though the extras were not added.

Wasps replied with their number eight breaking off from a scrum to carry through an Old Boys defensive gap and score an unconverted try, increasing their lead to 12-5.

After 27 minutes from a won line-out near the opposition line, UCS hooker Alex Turton ploughed through the pack and half-back defence to cross and touch down, with the extras added.

On the half-hour mark, the Wasps pack repeated their earlier tactic of a scrum wheel and number eight break-through the Old Boys defence for another unconverted try.

UCS then conceded two more tries before the break, both of which went unconverted, as the visitors trailed 27-12 at half time.

The second half was to be far less encouraging for the Old Boys, and within eight minutes of the restart, Wasps scored a converted try to move further clear.

Wasps were now in full flow and ten minutes later, their centre took the ball from the loose through the defence to touch down for a converted try to make it 41-12.

Two tries then followed in quick succession as the hosts continued to exert their dominance.

However, there was something for UCS to cheer when Chris Bean found his way to the line, with Nathaniel Breakwell converting to make it 55-19.

The final word, though, would go to Wasps, who rounded out their impressive victory with another try.

UCS will hope for better luck when they host Staines on April 7.

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