St John’s College, Durham Vs. Trevelyan College, Durham, Floodlit Cup 26/01/2011

It was a chilly evening down at the Rubber Crumb and a cup upset was on the cards, this was the stuff that one of the college sporting system’s most exciting competitions is made of.

On paper the game was finely balanced and there for the taking, however, a dominant St.John’s side had other ideas.  The top division side displayed their superiority and prospered in a confident display, disposing of the underdogs in convincing fashion, the final score a convincing 32-0.

The lower league side, with the exception of notable performances from inside centre Neil Bishop and full back Guy Patton, were outclassed in nearly all areas of the game. Right from the outset St. John’s dominated at the breakdown and forced uncharacteristic errors out of the in-form opposition through their direct and strong approach to the game.

Captain James Land and flanker Ryan Seabright led the charge in the pack throughout as St.John’s college once again demonstrated impressive resolve and composure, this was especially surprising given the period of two and a half months that has elapsed since their last outing.

Whilst the experienced pack members imposed themselves upon the game it was fly half and stand-in goal kicker James Sharland that made John’s tick. A confident and assured performance backed up with a consummate kicking display both out of hand and at goal kept the scoreboard ticking over and confidence levels amongst the backs high.

It was this demonstration of experience at a level of the true cut and thrust of college rugby that guided St.John’s to an eventually comfortable victory. In all major areas of the match they proved superior and it was encouraging to see the likes of first year Joshua Broomfield in the second-row taking command and accompanying the more experienced campaigners in their drive and impression upon the game.

So, St.John’s march proudly on into the next round of the Floodlit Cup with potentially trickier opposition in store.  Meanwhile Trevelyan college will push on to enhance their promotion prospects that could indeed see them rather ironically replace St.John’s in the Premier Division of college rugby. Perhaps they could even face each other in the top flight next year, if so, one would hope for an all-round more engrossing and closely fought contest.