The law rugby team took the honours yesterday in a 100 minute thriller against a strong medics side. In the face of a hostile crowd Man of the Match Huw Thomas held his nerve to slot a perfect drop goal with the final play of the game, afte…r the teams were level on 17 points at the end of the regular 80 mins, sparking huge celebrations as Law won 20-17.
With the momentum constantly shifting it was fly-half Thomas who kept the team in the match, scoring 15 out of the 20 Law points and controlling the game throughout.
The match started badly for law, who sunk to 12-3 after only 10 mins, after some well executed midfield moves by the medics saw them cross the whitewash twice. But the tenacity of the law defence and the boot of Thomas kept the deficit to only 3 points at half time, as the half ended at 12-9 to the medics.
But after some hard truths at the break the law boys re-found their spark and came into the second half firing on all cylinders, stealing the momentum. Strong runs from the back row and centres secured good field position in the medics 22m, before the ball was spread wide and a dummy run from centre Frost drew in the defence, creating space for Rhodri Kent to release Seamus Mckimm to score in the corner.
The Law team went into the final 10 minutes with a lead of 17-12, but the game was to take another turn as a resurgence by the Medics saw them cross the try line for a third time, after camping in the Law 22m. However, without a Huw Thomas in the medics team they failed to add the conversion, which meant that after a further 5 mins the scores remained tied at 17-17, meaning an additional 20 mins of play.
Not a team to roll over Law maintained their composure and held the medics attack throughout extra time, denying them any further score, before taking the charge to secure a position in the opposition half. Thomas stepped up and sealed his heroic status with a Wilkinson-esque nudge between the posts with the final play of the game, giving Law the BRUM Cup in their first competitive season.
Needless to say the medics crowd had little to say. Law took the glory – cue wild celebrations and the Law Ball.