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 Manchester confirm top spot with win

A cold, damp, Wednesday evening at Old Bedians Rugby Club saw Manchester Medics welcome Liverpool Medics for the third of their NAMS group fixtures. Manchester were keen to keep up their early season dominance in the Northern NAMS conference, but were sure to still be feeling the effects of events, on and off the pitch, on the Isle of Man the weekend before. 

Manchester, fielding one of their strongest teams of the season, got off to an exceptional start under the floodlights, with some electric footwork and handling in the backs, creating space for Tom Morris and Josh Thompson to gain early metres. And it didn’t take long for them to cross over the line, with Chris Davis scoring a well-worked team try after a string of penalties were awarded to the hosts.

Liverpool were being forced to work hard in defence, and Manchester’s ability to play the phases, meant that it was only a matter of time before a hole opened up again. It took some more smart work from the new 10-12 combination of Oli Knight and Owen Waldin, to set free Tommy Morris down the wing, who skinned his opposite number before unselfishly releasing to James Williams to crash over the whitewash for try number 2.

After being taught a physical lesson by Douglas at the weekend, Manchester’s pack were keen to front up this time round. The breakdown was fiercely contested early on, with Liverpool’s back row causing trouble, and creating turnovers. However when Manchester had a line-out in their opponents 22, the ball was kept in, and a strong driving maul saw the Manchester pack push Liverpool over their own line, allowing Marcus Clarke to touch down.

A conversion and penalty from Owen Waldin’s reliable boot, rounded up the scoring for the half, with the score at 24-0.

After the break, Liverpool were keen to try and inspire a comeback. However Manchester’s consistent line speed and intensity constantly thwarted Liverpool’s attack- Seth Rodger in particular was a constant menace in the contact. With the ball, Manchester's control and management, including smart kicking from the backs, meant Liverpool were frequently frustrated and had to play from deep.

It became apparent that the Liverpool team’s legs were being to tire, and bigger gaps were beginning to appear. And Manchester weren’t going to let these go unpunished, with a flurry of tries to finish the game.

The highlight of these came when second row Josh Luck scored the first of his brace of tries. He burst through the initial line of defence only to be confronted by the full-back. With supporting players on his left, it appeared that a simple pass would result in a score. Yet Josh had other ideas, as he showed the full back a sizeable dummy, leaving him for dead, before shrugging off the covering winger, to finish under the posts.

2 well taken tries from Manchester Scrum half Tom Thompson, punctuated by Josh’s second try and a 5-pointer from Will Pettit, were to follow, with smart footwork fooling defenders on both occasions. The second of the pair came in the last play of the game after more strong build up play from the forwards, including a scrum won against the head- testament to the desire and determination Manchester showed throughout the game. Owen Waldin clinically converted all 8 tries, to finish with a 100% kicking record for the game.

Liverpool fought right to the final whistle, but Manchester’s defence and domination at the set piece, meant that the game was never really in doubt from an early point. A real statement laid down from the Manchester Medics- who will progress as top of the North conference, and they will be keen to keep up this level of performance in both league and NAMS action.

Final Score:

Manchester Medics 59 - Liverpool 0


C. Davis - 1
T. Thompson - 2
M. Clarke - 1
J. Luck - 2
W. Pettit - 1
J. Williams - 1


O. Waldin - 8


O. Waldin - 1

Match Report by Alex Pett 



 Manchester too good for Leeds 

The John Charles Sports Centre, Leeds, played host to a late kick-off between Leeds and Manchester medics. Stakes were high for both parties, with Manchester hoping to bounce back from some recent performances including a disappointing loss last weekend.
It was therefore vital that the Manchester forwards laid down an early benchmark against Leeds. It became apparent early on that Leeds had a high class back three, and would be dangerous in the wide areas. This made it all the more important that the Manchester gained the upper hand in the forward battle. Some early dominance was asserted by the visiting pack enabling Owen Waldin’s metronome of a boot to set the score board ticking. Two penalties won at the breakdown were capitalised on to give a six point lead to Manchester.
There was to be no respite for Leeds, with Manchester marching up the pitch to apply further pressure to the hosts defence. Wave after wave of bombardment by Manchester looked increasingly threatening, but some gutsy last ditch tackling held the travelling side short. Despite some remarkable try line resistance from Leeds, little could be done to stop the sheer size and brute strength of prop forward James Mallon carrying over for a close range try. With the conversion executed precisely the lead was extended to 13 points.
Then entered an exciting period of play, with the focus switching to the back lines. Line breaks were reciprocated, with the ball shifting from wing to wing. A clean break and well-timed grubber kick from Manchester’s Josh Luck set the tone. The Leeds backline hit hard lines through the centres, and demonstrated some real flare as expected in the wider areas. However the breakthrough again came from Manchester. A slick backs move on the short side put Nick Houlsten in space. The pacey, powerful winger could not be stopped in open space and was able to run in under the posts from a distance to add to the lead.
With the conversion putting Manchester ahead by 20, a fight back by Leeds was in desperate need. Ahead of half time Leeds turned the tables to test Manchester’s defence. Again, another riveting period of play ensued to the delight of a brilliantly rowdy crowd. The medics showed their nerve in defence repelling phase after phase of Leeds attack and went in at the break 20-0 up.

After some inspiring words at halftime, captain Rob Davidson led out a dogged Manchester side determined not to let their early work go to waste. In spite of Manchester’s aggressive defence, little could be done to prevent Leeds converting on their time camped in Manchester’s 22. A superb, direct line by Leeds’ impressive full back took him over the line, narrowing the lead by 7 points.

The second half was much more physical and scrappy then the first, with both sides vying for supremacy but neither willing to back down. Possession was very much even, with the play being more fragmented and the ball swapping sides regularly. Nevertheless, as fatigue set in the deadlock was broken. Roughly 25 minutes into the half, a series of quick phases created space for Manchester’s barnstorming second rower, Chris Davis, to charge into. Despite some initial confusion regarding the location of the try line, Leeds’s scrambling defence could not prevent him from sliding over in the corner (eventually) to make the score 25-7.
With time running out, the game again expanded to the wider areas, with neither side establishing territory as turnovers were exchanged and play moved up and down the pitch. In the final moments, again, it was Manchester who exploited the tired defences. A darting run from scrum half Tom Thompson, left multiple Leeds would-be tacklers reeling as he scampered to the try line.
This final try cemented a comprehensive victory for the Lancashire side with the score board showing 30 points to 7. A strong performance against a very strong Leeds outfit leaves the Manchester Medics brimming with confidence, and feeling ready for the next NAMS challenge against Liverpool Medics on the 26th.

Final Score: Manchester 30 - Leeds 7
Manchester - 30 
Tries - J. Mallon, N. Houlston, C. Davis, T. Thompson
Conv - O. Waldin (2)
Pens - O. Waldin (2)
Leeds - 7
Try - Phil Gardiner
Con - Phil Gardiner

Author: Jonathon Reid
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 Brum continue with strong start

Birmingham Medics - 51 

Tries; Rob Eatough (4), Richard Hutton, Will Blevins, Tom Stevens

Cons; Sam Bourke (5) 

Pens; Sam Bourke (2) 

Nottingham Medics RUFC - 8 

Try; unknown 

Pen; unknown

Brum look impressive against Nottingham under floodlights in the second NAMS fixture of the season...

After a couple of weeks off and with tour looming around the corner - Brum looked get to get the traditional Wednesday to Sunday festivities off with a bang with an away fixture at Nottingham under floodlights. A good turnout from the lads who weren't able to play and good training sessions throughout the week meant that spirits were high leading in to the second NAMS fixture of the season for the Cloob. Unfortunately, the dreaded M6 and dog traffic system through the west midlands resulted in 2 and a half hour bus journey. Furthermore, the weather had taken a taken a turn for the worst, meaning the match was being played in baltic conditions.

The match started fairly evenly, with both teams sharing the possession for the first 10 minutes. Nottingham played with confidence and looked to crash it through the middle of the park, luckily the speed bump on our team had been moved elsewhere . Although they were able to make some breaks, good defensive organisation and play in the loose resulted in a brum turnover or penalty. The first try came after sustained pressure in the Nottingham half, resulting in a set play walk in for new club member Rob - who has finally joined the club after 5 years of medicine. This would not be the first, as he continued to wreak havoc on the opposition defence bouncing men left, right and centre resulting in his trio of tries before the half time whistle. Nottingham were able to score a penalty after break down errors by Brum before Dumpy also found himself on the score sheet after returning from knee injury with play beginnnig to look one-sided. Bourkey was able to convert all conversions and added penalty for good measure.

31 - 3 at half time.

My recollection of the second half is less clear due to how cold the sideline supporters were getting , with frost actually beginning to form on Scooter McNasty's beard and shoe. During halftime, it was noted that shouting could be heard from their captain in their huddle - "We've got them in the scrum, keep pushing it in the scrum", which in fairness were perfectly reasonable comments. However these highly spirited words were met by their number 3 hunched over and spewing everywhere, before signalling that he was in fact done for the day. An even more rotund man replaced him.

The second half began with Brum going backwards in the scrum (classic) and Narrow Eyes Nigel continuing to perfect his going backwards pick up technique. Westy's mate also came off for Smeagol during the break. Nottingham were able to finally get on the score sheet with try (which was unconverted). Rob ran in another try - becoming the first 4 try scorer in recent times I believe and Billy Belvin also crossed the white wash before being subbed off for Fresher Ample****skin. Scouse also came off for P**do Steve , whilst Snuggles came on for Dumpy. Sgt Red Dog Pants was able to convert 1 of 2. As the game drew to a close Captain Shanko scored, which bourke was unable to convert - but the scores don't add up somewhere so I'm assuming there was another penalty at some point...

Final score 51 - 8 to Brum.

Another good win, with the first back to back wins of the season being recorded for the 1s. The bus back was eventful with Flat Stanley performing his age old crowd pleaser and Elton being generally odd. A great start to what was a cracking few days leading up to a ridiculous weekend.

MOM: Rob


The Pied Piper



 Pumas fail to build on first half lead

Nottingham Undergrads RFC 30 - 14 Nottingham Graduate Medics RFC

Second half indiscipline allows UGs back into the game

Notts Medics (UGs) hosted the big derby in the Midlands Division on Saturday against their old(er) foes; the Pumas. Having played out an epic match last season (the UGs winning 36-29 with a last minute converted try), a big crowd turned up at Notts Casuals RFC in eager anticipation of another classic encounter.

The Pumas started the match brightly in attack with Karl "Battlecat" Rothwell dictating the play well from scrum-half as the Puma forwards provided quick recycled ball. Inside centre Tommy "The only way is" Evans also caught they eye in the early stages, showing great hands to offload under pressure and winning an excellent turnover as the UGs threatened to break out wide.

As the Pumas entered into the opposition 22 for the first time, Tommy was again the key man in providing a quick pass to release Ollie "Second string" Davies. The big Welshman stood up the UGs cover defence to put-in winger Sipan "On the dock of the bay" Shahnazari, who sprinted from the left touchline to touch down under the posts. Conversion by James "Pet detective" Bailey - 0-7.

Both sides then struggled for superiority for the remainder of the first half. The UGs looked dangerous when they spread the ball wide to the likes of Liam Musselbrook and Alex Sykes, only to be foiled by excellent defensive work by Sips and Tommy. The Puma backs also struggled to make breaks into UG territory, with the home side rushing up quickly in defence to close down the outside space.

Playing with the wind at their backs, the Pumas chose to play a territorial game with both Bailey and fly-half Owen "Osteoarth" Rhys Hughes kicking well to drive the UGs back into their own half. This led to a several opportunities for the Pumas to extend their lead, with indiscipline from the UGs allowing Bailey to have three shots at the posts. But the ball drifted just wide each time as the swirling wind caused problems for the Puma full-back.

The UGs ran the ball back into Puma territory via several excellent runs by their swift outside backs. The scrambling Puma defence thought that they had done enough to shut out the UGs for the first half...but a lapse of concentration at the fringes of a ruck allowed UGs scrum-half Drew Williamson to snipe down the narrow blindside for a score in the corner. HT 5-7.

The second half was a very different game of rugby. The UGs piled on the pressure in attack and swarmed into the Pumas 22 time and time again. With the wind now against them, the Pumas struggled to clear their lines and resorted to a more aggressive and risky rucking game in order to slow down the UGs' game. But the referee had a very different interpretation to the Puma forwards at ruck time and penalised the likes of Conal "Seam-buster" Keane and Tom "Poultry" Powlay. It didn't take long for the hosts to restore their lead with a penalty from Steve Abbey - 8-7.

The UGs realised that there was ample space to attack out wide as the Pumas over-committed to rucks and were too often guilty of ball-watching rather than marking their opposite men. The UGs thought that they had extended their lead as fly-half Abbey chipped to the corner for winger Sykes to chase against Puma captain Bailey. In a desperate dive over the line, the Puma captain just got the ball down first, but was adjudged to have carried the ball into the in-goal area.

From the resultant scrum the UGs spread the play to the opposite corner and finished off another overlap to score.

The tries kept on coming with the likes of Steve Abbey and Alex Sykes stepping through the disorganised Pumas defence to extend their lead - 30-7.

The last 20 minutes saw a spirited Pumas fightback. Gus "What's bigger than a bus?" Bass and Rob "Motorboat" Maher led the charge with powerful runs off Karl. The ball was spun wide to speedster Rishi "The Face of Pumas rugby" Vasanthan who chipped and chased well, contesting the ball at the UGs 5 metre line. Indiscipline at the breakdown led to a yellow card for a UGs forward with 10 minutes to go.

Tempers began to fray with Kevvie "Rock Steady" Jones and UGs no.8 Steve John flying ferociously into tackles, with both sides claiming they were hitting a bit high. But the Pumas kept possession well and found themselves near the UGs try line. Further runs by Gus and Rob drew in the big UG defenders. Karl then spotted a gap around the fringes to pop to Owen, who wriggled over for a converted try. 30-14.

With the clock against the Pumas, the win was out of reach by the last 5 minutes. But the visiting team were keen to finish on high and seal another consolation try. Bailey had never started a fight in his rugby career before, so he thought this might be the right moment. He distracted a few UGs with some shadow boxing to allow Sips to sprint into space. Rob and Powlay took the ball on with great strength as the Pumas charged downfield. Owen broke through the inside defence but his offload went straight to a UGs forward who kicked the ball dead. Final score 30-14.

The Pumas will look back at this game as a missed opportunity once more. A loss of concentration in defence and careless indiscipline in their own half cost the visitors dearly in the 3rd quarter of the match and ultimately proved to be the difference between both sides. However, this season's new Pumas - Gus, Tommy, Sips, JP, Sam, Alex and flanker Ollie performed well and the future looks to be in good hands.

With 3 losses out of 3, the Pumas will now struggle to reach the NAMS cup quarters. Away wins at Swansea and Warwick in Nov and Dec are essential to have any chance of progression in this national medical schools competition.

Nottingham Medics RFC (UGs): 1 Alastair Darwood 2 John Soothill 3 Willie Brown 4 Jon Owen 5 Harry Stevens 6 Will Parker 7 Sam Hunter 8 Steve John 9 Drew Williamson 10 Steve Abbey 11 Fergus Scholes 12 Liam Musselbrook 13 Christian Peacock 14 Alex Sykes 15 Ryan Burton Subs: 16 Max Popli 17 William Petrou-Nunn 18 Ben Sweetman 19 Charlie Pullin 20 Dan Smith 21 Hamish Jeffrey

NGMRFC Pumas: 1 Kevin Jones 2 Ben Allen 3 Rob Maher 4 Tom Powlay 5 Conal Keane 6 Andy Greenhalgh 7 Ollie Prime 8 Gus Bass 9 Karl Rothwell 10 Owen Hughes 11 Sips Shahnazari 12 Tommy Evans 13 Ollie Davies 14 JP McNally-Reilly 15 James Bailey Subs: 16 Kit Asplin 17 Dylan Jorsh 18Oscar MacCormac 19 Sam Ricketts 20 Mike Hutchinson 21 Alex McLaughlin 22 Damian Bragg 23Rishi Vasanthan



Nottingham GEMRFC 7 - 25 Birmingham Medics RFC 

date; 06/10/14

Match report by Birmingham Medics; 

Brum record first win of 2014/15 in scrappy affair

With a lot of injuries and unavailable players this week, a disjointed Brum side travelled up to Grove park to play newcomers to NAMS Nottingham GEM RFC. The play started off scrappy and this was the theme of the afternoon, with ridiculous passes being thrown left, right and centre. However, Brum looked to use their superior pace and fitness to grind down their older counterparts with an eventual try being scored by Stevens. He failed to convert - note that he had missed 3 in front of the posts during warm up, whilst Ginger Kev had been stroking them in from the 5m, yet decided to take kicking duties...

A larger Nottingham pack (classic) and some silly handling errors resulted in some possession for the home team, however solid defence and good turnovers made by Beefy and Ananth resulted in play moving back in to the Nottingham half after some good touch finders from Boring. After sustained pressure, and a good set piece play out wide - Scouse edged past the opposition winger to touch down for Brums second try of the game, some consolation after a dog kick straight out in the first half followed by getting dump tackled by an old man. Stevens again could not convert.

After half time, Brum upped the tempo and began to show snippets of their form from last season - with Kevin and Ding making some good breaks and keep the pressure on the opposition. Blevs benefited from a good move out wide to score in the corner. Unconverted...of course. Fresher Ben and Fresher Eamon made their debuts on for the try scorer and Paedo Steve, however Fresher Eamon was yellow carded within 2 minutes of coming - surely earning him a potential Dick of the Day nomination. Some ridiculous scenes then occurred with 5 intentional knock ons by Nottingham going uncarded before finally their fatter version of Ding was yellowed for being more chinese. More good brum play resulted in a penalty on the opposition 5m, and good hands from Tumnus and Scouse put Ding in for a try in the corner. Unconverted.

As the game drew to a close - many freshers made debuts including Fresher Ben 2, Fresher Dom, Flat Stanley etc. Some miscommunication due to new faces enabled Nottingham to squeeze a consolation try which they converted, before Good hands again from Tumnus sent Fresher Ben in for his first try for the club and on debut (what a fun bus journey that young lad will have).

A good blow out for the boys and good to get some of the early season cobwebs out before a double header down at Southhampton next week.

The Pied Piper


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