MYERSCOUGH College’s Sale Sharks AASE Rugby Academy side travelled to Sutton Coldfield RFC in Birmingham, on Wednesday, April 23, to take on a strong Exeter Chiefs Academy in the BCS (British Colleges Sport) Elite League Final.
The final sees the two top teams in British College Rugby come together to compete for the BCS crown.
Despite torrential rain covering the UK, the Sutton Coldfield RFC pitch was bathed in sunshine as Exeter Chiefs got the match under way.
Myerscough were immediately put on the back foot, as Exeter ran in their first try after only five minutes to take an early 5-0 lead.
Minutes later, and Myerscough missed an opportunity to level the score, spilling the ball on Exeter’s five-metre line.
Exeter’s backs were quick to capitalise on the error, as their pacy full-back ran the length of the pitch to score in the corner for their second try, which was converted. In a potential game-changing moment, the referee took no further action after Myerscough’s captain, Eddie Webster, was illegally and dangerously ‘tip’ tackled.
From the resulting penalty, Myerscough’s pack forced three consecutive penalties and, despite further warnings from the referee, no action was taken, and Exeter were fortunate to have 15 men still on the field.
Soon back on the attack, Exeter’s forwards produced an impressive rolling maul to drive the ball over for their third try, stretching their lead to 19-0.
Now firmly on the back foot, Myerscough won two consecutive scrums on Exeter’s 10-metre line.
After a solid scrum, the ball was played to waiting centre Orisi Nawaqaliva, who smashed a hole in the Exeter backline.
From the resulting ruck, Myerscough Prop Connor McGrath received quick ball and powered