SENIOR MENS 1S SECURE PROMOTION AGAINST PORTSMOUTH
Boyed by a well-watered Ladies Day crowd, the home team came into the game chasing a truly unique reward for Ironsides Rugby; promotion to London 2 South West. Hosting a Portsmouth team sat ready to pounce in 3rd, a win would be enough to secure a season playing at a higher level against the likes of Farnham and Twickenham.
Journeying up from the south coast, the visitors brought all their expected muscle and heft, with a gameplan to beat the Ironsides into submission. This message was lost on Ironside’s captain and 8th man, Seb Trewer, as he proceeded to scythe down his opposite number from the kick-off. Perfectly placed by Charlie Stuart at flyhalf, the precise kick set the tone for the first half, going in 38-5 to the good, with clinical finishing on show across the park, especially from hattrick-hero Andy Rees on the left wing. Whilst the deluge slowed somewhat in the second half, the home side ran in 52-12 winners against Portsmouth, sealing both an emphatic victory and guaranteed promotion to London 2 SW for the 2019-20 season.
Whilst promotion has now been guaranteed, the Ironsides 1st XV continue to chase both the London 3 SW title and maintain Fortress DSP’s unbeaten record for 2018-19. Thanks to all for joining us on this momentous day and we look forward to seeing you for the final home run-out on April 6th.
1. Martin 2. Boronkay 3. Addis 4. McIntyre 5. Reeves 6. MacDonald 7. Prentice 8. Trower 9. Mills 10. Stuart 11. Rees 12. Coulter 13. Lyons 14. Kilgalen 15. Geraghty 16. Newsham 17. Haines 18. Craig
Tries: Rees (3), Reeves, Coulter, Mills, Martin.
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