The University of Sheffield Men’s Rugby Union 3’s defeated Hallam 15-3 in a muddy encounter at Hallam Sports Park on Wednesday.
The Hallam team entered the pitch only minutes before kick-off, as both teams rallied in their individual huddles, aiming to win the first rugby point of the day.
Early pressure from Sheffield meant that the majority of the play in the opening minutes was in Hallam’s half, and the pressure paid off after 12 minutes as Dan McDonagh dived over the line to score in the corner, making it 5-0.
However, the conversion attempt from Tom Grier went wide of the posts, meaning the score remained 5-0.
In the second half, Hallam started well, forcing errors from Sheffield which resulted in Ryan Dunn being given a yellow card after 45 minutes for a high tackle.
More pressure followed, and after 48 minutes Hallam made the extra man count as Will Chan converted a penalty making it 5-3.
With the game firmly in the balance, the next few phases of play were tight, with both teams desperately trying not to slip up and concede again.
Sheffield rattled on however and managed to force the ball over the line on 68 minutes, Tom Simons scoring and booting the ball away in celebration after making the score 10-3.
The conversion attempt from Grier was blocked this time by Hallam full-back Louis Taylor, who sprinted and reached high to block the kick.
Sheffield managed to put the game to bed with five minutes remaining as Ryan Dunn powered over the line, making it 15-3 to Sheffield.
A late surge from Hallam came in the closing minutes as they attempted to score their first try of the game but Sheffield held on to deny them well.
Celebrations erupted from the players on the pitch at full-time and from the players of the 2nd and 1st teams, who had turned out in numbers to watch their teammates.
Sheffield flanker Giles Sowden told Forge Sport: “We let them back into the game a bit, and then once we went down to 14 players with the yellow card for the high tackle it made it that bit harder but we just had to grind it out.”
He continued: “We’re absolutely ecstatic.”