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Brunel University 42 - 24 Jersey Athletic

Brunel University got their Raging Bull Shield Division 1 campaign off to a flying start with a 42-24 win over Jersey Athletic last Saturday.

By Ryan Fitzgerald-Nolan

Jersey Athletic, coached by Myles Landick, have finished in the top half of the division in each of the last five seasons in what was a statement win for the hosts.

Former London Irish Academy member Matt Dalrymple contributed 22 of Brunel’s points in the convincing win for the University. 

An end-to-end first period began with half-back pairing Dalrymple and Dan Hiscocks crossing over for the West London outfit in the first ten minutes, with Dalrymple slotting all his converted kicks that afternoon. 

Hiscocks also starred with a commanding performance for his side in what was the University’s first return to competitive first-team rugby in over a year. 

Matt Dalrymple’s second was accompanied by tries from Fin Gilmour, Jare Oguntibeju and Matt Cannon in a second half onslaught from the Blues. 

The 6ft 8” Oguntibeju joined the South African contingent at the Brunel University scholarship programme ahead of last season, meeting up with the likes of Zach Toerien and Lefty Zigriadis. 

The second period saw Paddy Gill’s team concede no points in part due to a notable cameo from lock Charlie Fox playing in the back-row. 

Matt Cannon, former National League Old Albanians player and Saracens Academy product, crossed the whitewash for one of three unanswered converted tries for Brunel after half time.

The victory puts Brunel at the top of the Raging Bull Shield Division 1 with an away trip to Esher Cardinals 2nd XV up next on September 18th. 

Brunel University squad:

15. Gabe Jones, 14. Harry Hunter, 13. Fin Gilmour, 12. Isaac Shaw, 11. Wilson Ejeh, 10. Matt Dalrymple, 9. Dan Hiscocks; 1. Jarno Longaretti 2. Taine Wagstaff, 3. Joe Keohane, 4. Jare Oguntibeju, 5. Josh Taylor, 6. Matt Cannon, 7. Ollie Bosanko, 8. Matt Mahoney


16. Morgan Veness, 17. Alex Smith, 18. Brandon Jewell, 19. Charlie Fox, 20. Zach Toerien, 21. Ciaran Roberts

Tries: Matt Dalrymple (2), Dan Hiscocks, Fin Gilmour, Jare Oguntibeju, Matt Cannon

Conversions: Matt Dalrymple (6)