The Abbotsford Rugby Club always enjoys opportunities to play touring teams. On Tuesday, July 19, the UK Medics were in town on the tail end of a tour through BC and Alberta. The trip began in Calgary and moved through to Kelowna, Victoria, and concluded in the lower mainland. This touring side was comprised primarily of doctors and medical students from the Imperial College School of Medicine in London, England.
Many Abbotsford players were away on holidays or unavailable for the match, so the local squad put out a relatively young group to take on the English visitors. A few members of the Richmond based paramedic group called the Flatliners also joined the Abbotsford boys for the game.
Having not stepped on the field for a game of 15's since the season ended in April, the Abbotsford team struggled in the early going to establish a sense of flow in their game. The Medics, on the other hand, showed strong team cohesion and worked hard at the breakdowns to steal ball and disrupt Abbotsford play.
The Medics got on the scoreboard first, sneaking though some gaps in the Abbotsford defence to notch a few tries. At half time, the touring group was up 19-0.
Abbotsford rallied back in the 2nd half, with Jordan Tait-Comis scoring a nice try on quick ball movement through the backs. Abbotsford added a penalty try and convert late in the game to bring the final score to 26-12 for the Medics.
Abby hosted the Medics for food and beverages before they departed back to Vancouver for their final night. Players of the game included the #13 and #8 for the medics, and Graeme MacRury and Greg Spence for Abbotsford. Thanks to all the players who attended the game and to David Hull for officiating the match.