Uxbridge re­group to take down Phoenix

RUGBY UNION

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

FRIENDLY Phoenix 27 Uxbridge 31 UXBRIDGE came from 17 points down to edge out Phoenix in their pre-sea­son run-out on Satur­day, writes Adam Jones.

The vis­i­tors had a num­ber of play­ers un­avail­able be­cause of the sum­mer hol­i­days and with some hav­ing to play out of po­si­tion they started on the back foot.

And they strug­gled to cope with the power of Phoenix as they ran in three tries in the first quar­ter of the match.

Uxbridge re­grouped and made a few changes and with play­ers now back in their fa­mil­iar po­si­tions they be­gan to turn the game around.

The vis­i­tors were slowly mak­ing fewer mis­takes and run­ning bet­ter lines and the first try even­tu­ally came after some ex­cel­lent run­ning by Mark Wilson and Jor­dan Lille.

With some new found con­fi­dence, Uxbridge clawed them­selves back into the game and, with the scrum work­ing well, a cou­ple more tries were added.

Both sides then made a num­ber of changes to give play­ers a run-out and the sides con­tin­ued to ex­change tries, but in the end it was the vis­i­tors who just about came out on top.

Uxbridge play their first com­pet­i­tive game on Satur­day when they visit Mer­ton in the RFU Ju­nior Vase Cup pre­lim­i­nary round, while Ruis­lip kick off their London One North cam­paign at Bark­ing.

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TURN AROUND: Uxbridge came back from 17 points down to beat Phoenix by four

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