UCS blow it at the death
UCS Old Boys 16 Chiswick 25 UCS saw their promotion hopes dashed by a late Chiswick try on Saturday. Despite leading 16-15 with 15 minutes remaining, the Old Boys conceded a late try and penalty to give the visitors a vital victory. The loss sees UCS drop
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UCS saw their promotion hopes dashed by a late Chiswick try on Saturday.
Despite leading 16-15 with 15 minutes remaining, the Old Boys conceded a late try and penalty to give the visitors a vital victory.
The loss sees UCS drop to sixth in London Division Two with their chances of promotion all but gone.
UCS director of rugby Geoff Boxer said: "We have had another good season, and as Chiswick fight on for a play-off promotion place we find ourselves now just out of the promotion slots.
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"We move forward again and learn from the experience.
"Whilst we want to finish with three more wins and achieve the best position possible, it might be a good time to look at different combinations in the first team."
It was UCS who started the brighter of the two sides, Ben Burkill going over in the corner after a Casey Mee break on the blind side to give the home side a 5-0 lead despite the missed conversion.
Errors started to mount up for UCS though and after giving away numerous penalties, Rich Bower (pictured) was sin-binned on 33 minutes for a high tackle which the referee indicated was for repeated team offences.
Chiswick made full use of the extra man advantage and levelled the score with a try to make it 5-5 at half-time. The second half saw the lead repeatedly change hands and it was Chiswick who struck first after 50 minutes with a converted try.
UCS hit back immediately though when Dan Stewart made a break and put in a lovely pass for outside-centre Dave McNidder to touch down in the corner, although Stewart missed his second conversion.
The Old Boys then responded to a Chiswick penalty with two of their own courtesy of Casey Mee to give them a 16-15 lead.
However, Chiswick again edged ahead with another penalty before a breakaway from the visitors' outside-centre allowed him to score under the posts to seal victory in the closing stages.
UCS seek to return to winning ways when they travel to take on bottom of the league Finchley on Saturday.
UCS: Burkill, Brandt, Henk, Jayne, Campodonico (Chapman), Bower, Sadler, Skinner, Mee, Stewart, Turner (Pearce), Bradbrook, McNidder, Horsefield (Blandy), O'Donnell.