UCS Old Boys suffer a second successive relegation after heavy defeat to Wasps

UCS Old Boys' director of rugby Geoff Boxer. Pic: Paolo Minoli

UCS Old Boys' director of rugby Geoff Boxer. Pic: Paolo Minoli - Credit: Archant

UCS Old Boys have suffered a second successive relegation after a 50-0 defeat in their London North-West Division Three relegation decider against Wasps.

With both sides battling the drop on the final day of the season, UCS missed an early penalty but then conceded four tries in each half and fell through the trapdoor.

Director of rugby Geoff Boxer said: “It was meant to be a winner-takes-all decider but it didn’t turn out to be very competitive. The side they put out was much stronger than we expected, and they thoroughly deserved to win – they played some great rugby.

“We’ve certainly got weaker as the season has gone on and it looks like Wasps have been able to get stronger.

“They were much bigger and more athletic in the pack than us. Their runners always got over the gain line and they had pace out wide, and they exploited lots of gaps in our defence.

“We had a similar thing two years ago when we stayed up in Level Seven in the last game, beating Grasshoppers - we had a massive pack that day. It happened that day that we had very good availability, a group of players who were some of our best.

“I see things in perspective. I’ve known UCS for 40 years and it’s cyclical. You go through phases when the club is stronger, in terms of talent and numbers, and phases where you’re weaker. We’ve been struggling with injuries – we’ve had eight breaks, which is pretty unusual – and unavailability, and we’ve slipped to a level where hopefully we can rebuild now.

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“Harrow are the best example. When I played they were at a reasonably high level and then the club started to go through a difficult time.

“They dropped right out of the league to the merit tables, and they’ve come right back and won [London North-West] Division Two this year. We see it in the round and what we’ve got is a sustainable club.”