Reading’s Rugby Union 1st team won a hugely important clash with Exeter University 2nds on Wednesday 5th March in their bid to stay in the Premier South B division.
The fixture was the first ‘Big One’ of 2014 for the Rugby team, and therefore Reading Knights Cheerleaders and representatives from London Irish RFC were there to support the team.
With Exeter sitting several places above Reading, a win would go a long way in helping to achieve safety for the Knights. In a division of eight teams, two get relegated, and Reading were sitting just above the relegation zone in sixth before this fixture.
Exeter meanwhile were sitting comfortably in third place. Earlier in the season Exeter had inflicted two consecutive defeats on Reading, one from their 2nds in the league, 23-13, and one from their thirds in the cup, 21-13.
This home fixture therefore offered the perfect opportunity to inflict revenge on the South-West university, whilst also helping to secure safety.
An impressive 19-5 win for the Knights won them the points, and impressing in particular was a defensive display which allowed Exeter to only manage one try.
Reading have now played 13 of their scheduled 14 matches, with an away match to high-flying Bath on the agenda for Wednesday 19th March.
A match between fellow members of the relegation zone, Hartpury and Cardiff, should ensure after this victory, Reading face little fear of relegation, regardless of the result in two weeks time against Bath.
Meanwhile Reading 3rds continue to sit atop of the South Eastern 4A division with a 100% record, whilst Reading 4ths are in sixth place in the South Eastern 5A division, having suffered a 29-17 loss to Buckingham New 2nds on Wednesday. The Reading Men’s 2nds remain low down in their South Eastern 2A division.
As the season is reaching its end, Reading’s teams look in a good position. The win against Exeter means the 1st team are now all but safe from relegation, whilst the 3rds continue to impress in their division, and the 4ths also look safe.
It will be a nervy end to the season for Reading’s 2nds as they look to avoid relegation, but they remain in a strong position to do so. It could yet be a very good season for Reading Uni’s Rugby Union teams.Follow @Spark_sport