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Unfortunate loss for new look Men's Rugby 1st

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Unfortunate loss for new look Men's Rugby 1st

Men's Rugby 1st 0 - 27 Kent 3rd

As the new rugby season started, so did the home side’s new managerial era. UEL started their campaign against a tough Kent side with Tim Marshall in charge of his first UEL game. With a newly formed team and new manager against a respectable outfit it was a good opening test for UEL.

From the first whistle Kent were on the front foot, looking for an opening and to put early points on the board. However, the London side denied this opportunity through some resilient defending, absorbing the pressure well in the early stages.

On the half hour mark Kent found an opening and scored the first try of the match that was then converted to give them the advantage early on.

The momentum stayed with the away side and their second try of the game shortly followed courtesy of a blistering run on the left wing. However, this try was not converted.

The home side seemed to come out more positively in the second half with some good phases in the oppositions half. However, more attacking pressure from the away side resulted in their third try of the afternoon.

UEL came close to adding points on the board shortly after conceding the third try, with possession deep in the opponent’s 22 metre area. However, they failed to force an opening through the strong line of Kent bodies and subsequently conceded a penalty.

With the home side giving it their all in the second half, tired legs became an issue. Kent capitalised on this with yet another straight run across the left wing, utilising the pace they possessed on each side. This resulted in their 4th try with five minutes to go.

Despite the home team’s best efforts, they failed to prevent a last minute try, resulting in a final score of 0-27.

In spite of the disappointing result for the hosts, there was plenty to take away from the game for the UEL side. With coming agonisingly close to scoring a try and closing the opposition out on various occasions, there is potential and promise for the remainder of the season.

Report by Ben Smith.