Sydney University Football Club (SUFC) registered its first victory of its 2013 Sesquicentennial Grand Slam Tour of the UK and Ireland, with a 26-5 defeat of Dublin University on Wednesday night in Leinster, Ireland.
Sydney University – the oldest club in the southern hemisphere – scored four tries to one against the oldest rugby club in the world.
The Students scored first when Ollie L’Estrange sliced through from 15 metres out, with Byron Hodge’s conversion making it 7-0. Dublin hit back with a try from their speedy winger out wide, however the conversion was unsuccessful and Uni still haeld the lead. Dublin were not to score again against the blue and gold, and with just two minutes to go before the break, a rolling maul from the five metre line saw skipper Hugh Frazer cross the chalk. Another successful kick from Byron Hodge made it 14-5 at half time.
Shortly after the break both Sydney Uni and Dublin Uni found themselves down to 14 men and Uni’s Ollie L’Estrange took advantage of the space to score a great individual try, his second of the night to take the score to 21-5 with 20 minutes left to play.
With fresh legs on the field, replacement half Duncan Boyd-Jones sniped off the ruck and put No. 8 Hugh Frazer over for his second. The kick was missed and the score finished 26-5.
A few nights earlier Sydney University were defeated 34-24 in their first match of the tour by Oxford University.
The tourist’s next match is against a combined Cardiff Rugby and Cardiff University team on Saturday afternoon.