SENIORS' SEASON UPDATESGoing into the final quarter of the league campaign the Men’s 1st XV have put themselves in a position to challenge for top spot in London & SE 3. On the back of a 6 game unbeaten run, including a particularly impressive 25-20 victory against Winchester, the 1’s will be looking to close the season out strongly against fellow title chasers Portsmouth on March 23rd and away at USP the following weekend.
Over in the Women’s London & SE 1 division, the Ironsides Ladies 1st XV have firmly established themselves within the chasing pack along Hackney and local rivals, Streatham & Croydon. Closing out the season with a run of four games against the league’s top-5 teams, the Ladies kicked off with a 14-12 ‘away’ win against Streatham, and will be hosting league leaders Sutton & Epsom on February 24th.
As seems to be an Ironside’s trend of recent years, the Men’s 2nd XV have proved to be nothing short of irresistible all season, sweeping all opposition aside to sit pretty at the top of the Surrey Championship with a 10-0 record. With a run-in that includes Old Haileyburians and Law Society on consecutive weekends, the league is far from certain but the outcome remains firmly in the hands of the Ironsides.
The Ironside Ladies 2nd XV may not be sitting in quite such as lofty a position as their male counterparts, but there’s plenty that suggests that it is more a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’. Bolstered by outstanding numbers at the recent Inner Warrior session, the team are sitting firmly in 4th in the South East 3 division, despite this being their first competitive year. A pair of extremely close losses to the division’s top-2 have shown what the team is capable of in a league that remains winnable.
Whilst a trio of close losses to the current challengers for the Surrey Conference North title may have put an early dent on the Men’s 3rd XV silverware aspirations, a recent demolition job at home to Reeds has dragged them back into the chase. Heading off to Old Tiffinians on Feburary 16th, the 3’s have the opportunity to make life very difficult for those sat above them in the table, as well as the chance to make a late dash for the trophy. (Table below not updated to include the recent win against Reeds Weybridge)
The Men’s 4th XV continue to follow suit with the rest of the senior teams in the chase for silverware. Sat 2nd in the Surrey Conference South, they continue to challenge the might of Sutton and Epsom for the title. Whilst an unfortunate walkover against Cobham in November may prove costly, the team has been making amends with big away victories against Dorking, Chipstead and Old Cats, and have the chance to push the league to the wire, hosting S&E’s 3rd XV on February 16th.
Much like the 4s, the Men’s 5th XV find themselves in a league led by Sutton and Epsom, and yet find themselves still in the mix with 7 games to go. In a division largely populated by 2nd and 3rd XVs, the team remain in the top half of the Surrey Combination 2 league, above local rivals Bec Old Boys and SCRFC.
Last but not least, the most senior of the men’s seniors find themselves just 8 points off of league-leaders Cobham in the Surrey Vets 2 division. Whilst this may, in fact, put the Ironsides Mens Vets team at the foot of the table, the recent demolition job of the much-younger and much fitter Old Paulines 2nd XV goes to show that looks and skills count for naught when facing a team full of aspiring front-rowers.
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