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18 October 2012

Dentistry started their rugby campaign in earnest against Vet Science on 14 September 2012. However, their preparation started long before - in early 2011, when a group of students, many of who had never played Rugby before, came together and trained the house down under the guidance of BDent3 student, Tom Shumack, and Dr Neil Peppitt.

In 2011 the boys were able to muster up a solitary win against Vet and were unlucky to lose tight matches against Pharmacy and Medicine. While they were disappointed, this gave them confidence in their progress and hopeful in an improved performance the following year.

In 2012 against Vet there were setbacks early with a try against the run of play. The boys could have easily dropped their heads but they were able to pick themselves up and big performances from Jim Nguyen, Thaer Skaf and Jacob Stretton (who scored a double) meant they prevailed 20-12 in a hard fought out match.

The quality of the performance against Vet started to create some hype in dentistry circles: namely our ice hockey converts Kyle Green, Garett Cunningham & Trevor Pinchin. Pharmacy was able to go ahead early through an intercept try but again the quality of the lads shone through and for the next two terms they barely touched the ball. The dentistry forward pack ran over the top of Pharmacy with David Thode leading the way and scoring a double to send Dentistry in the lead by 24-8 by the end of the second term. Dentistry went a man down for majority of the final term and a fast finishing Pharmacy made the final score (27-15) more respectable but the strength of the dentistry boys prevailed.

The final and decisive match on October 5 against Medicine was the perfect climax to send off BDent4 Captain, Andrew 'Wal' Watkins and Vice-Captain, Justin Ho. Dentistry had not tasted from the coveted Cup since 1976 and this was the perfect time to turn the tide. The dentistry crowd were entertained with a hard fought match where both forward packs struggled to get on top and defence was the order of the day. While the dentistry boys held the majority of possession they also defended stoutly, especially when they were a man down and had medicine camped on their line for 10 min. Dentistry were able to hold Medicine to nil and took out the game 6-0 with two penalty conversions to Andrew Watkins for the first premiership in 36 years. This lead to one almighty party where everyone's memory begins to fail.

In the 2012 season, most improved was awarded jointly by the players to Eliz Rizk and Tom Nguyen.

The season of 2013 is expected to be equally thrilling!

Contact: Denise Fischer

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