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Sheffield Vulcans VS Swansea Vikings

Date: 19th January 2019
Location: Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park, Sheffield

The Sheffield Vulcans eagerly awaited the arrival of our IGR brothers from Wales and were looking forward to taking on the Swansea Vikings for the first time since April 2018. Nine months on, both teams have had new members and the chance to develop their skills as a squad. 

The Swansea Vikings started strong with a try in the first few minutes of the game. However, the Vulcans hit back and put up a good fight with a forceful attack. Working with new tactics, the Sheffield Vulcans saw a much improved tackle technique and a great increase in the support given to each other when moving forward with the ball.

Just like their name sake, the Vikings continued in waves against Sheffield’s defence and racked up several more tries before the half time whistle. In particular Chris Rayer, who’s battle-axe attitude meant he could storm down the pitch several times, earning him the Vulcans choice of Viking of the Match.

The Sheffield Vulcans came back in the second half determined not to give Swansea a clean sheet. With superb contact from Glenn Allen, Joel Walker and Dan Giles to name a few, the Vulcans began their attack and pushed towards the Swansea try line. A try from Khalid Qasem and conversion from Michael Hudson gave the Vulcans their first 7 points on the board.

The energy refused to dip throughout the second half and saw impressive play from players on both sides of the pitch. Last minute tackles from Mike Surtees and Andres Gl kept the Vikings from taking their score higher and in the final minutes of the game, Swansea almost held off a 12 phase attempt at goal all within metres of their try line.

The final score gave a well deserved win to the Swansea Vikings of 79-14. But the Vulcans came away with a real high, knowing that all aspects of the game have improved since playing the Welsh team last year, and highlighting keys points to work on throughout the rest of the season.

Both Vulcans and Vikings showcased newer players to the game, and saw successes from all 35 players that took to the pitch. Vulcans Man of the Match was awarded to Joel Walker for his stellar role as hooker, and the Vikings gave their Vulcan of the Match to Michael Hudson for his leadership as Scrum-Half and Captain.

What followed the game was a laughter-filled night out of dancing, karaoke, and bonding between two IGR brotherhoods that will continue to develop every time the two teams come together. Many thanks to the Swansea Vikings for making the journey, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Photography: Swansea Vikings.

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Sheffield Vulcans VS Hull Roundheads

Only 8 days after facing our Yorkshire brothers the Leeds Hunters, the Sheffield Vulcans set off across God’s county to play the Hull Roundheads. Formed in August, the Hull Roudnheads are Yorkshire’s latest addition to the IGR community, and facing the Sheffield Vulcans was only their second game.

Unusually bright and sunny for a Sunday morning, both teams warmed up together and looked forward to a day of friendly rugby, and to encourage both teams to develop and grow further.

The Vulcans started strong with some superb defence, and showed off the hard work from training. Protecting rucks, supporting the ball carrier, and some fantastic tackles showed Hull that the Vulcans would not take it easy on them just because they were new.

The Vulcans worked as a true team and kept strong lines, putting up a real fight to Hull. The score stayed tight and entering the last 20 minutes, the Vulcans led by just one point. Sheffield tries were scored by Julio Jimenez, Nefyn Edwards and Andres Gl.

This game was the first or second appearance for several Vulcans, but these players showed their dedication and enthusiasm for rugby as they dove in head first. Dan Giles made some admirable tackles, and excellent effort in trying to score again when he was held up only inches from the try line. Having only joined the Vulcans in late October, this valiant effort and his efforts in the front row, earned Dan Man of the Match.

Dan and Innes

Innes MacLeod was awarded D*ck of the Day for his overly dramatic diving try…that was unfortunately over the 5 metre instead. Innes was a power house throughout the match and made dozens of tackles that stopped many Roundheads in their tracks.

In the final minutes, the Hull Roundheads made some impressive runs and put them in place for a win of 29-20. The Vulcans offer a huge congratulations to the Hull Roundheads on a really challenging, tiring, but entertaining and fun game of Rugby. We look forward to our rematch later this season, and getting to know you all as we bond as a Yorkshire IGR team.

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Sheffield Vulcans VS Newcastle Ravens

On a surprisingly hot and sunny day in the North East of England, the Sheffield Vulcans and the Newcastle Ravens took to the pitch for the first game of 2018/2019 season. 

Both teams were armed with more experienced players and a group of new players to their squads and the sport of Rugby. The game saw 6 Sheffield Vulcans make their debut for the club with some only been playing rugby for a matter of weeks. 

The game started with high energy and a real commitment to the game from all 30 people on the pitch. With possession fairly equal and the ball spending much of the first 20 minutes in the middle of the field. The Ravens took the lead with a try but it wasn’t long until the Vulcans came back with a try by Nefyn Edwards. Captain, Michael Hudson made the conversion taking the Vulcans into the lead just before the end of the first of four 20 minute periods.

Throughout the rest of the game, both teams showed their skill in tackling, strong defensive tactics, and enthusiasm to have fun whilst playing Rugby. The Ravens scored several times more to take the game in their favour but were forced to work hard to get through a barricade of Vulcans at several opportunities. From Props to Full Back, all members of the Vulcans had a fantastic game and all left the field with a feeling of pride in the fight they put up against the Newcastle Ravens. 

With a final score of 40-7, the Ravens take the win, but will have to work even harder to win again when they visit Sheffield in February 2019. 

In a game that introduced many Vulcans to lifting line outs and contested scrums, the team are incredibly proud of the strong start to the season and are looking forward to playing other teams throughout the year, and developing their attack and defence even more as the season continues. 

Vulcans Man of the Match was shared by two new additions to the squad. Daniel Winfield, who only started playing Rugby at the end of July, took in his role as Rightwing well and got stuck in with several tackles, rucks and runs with the ball through the game. Nefyn Edwards used his knowledge of the game, and high energy to run to all corners of the pitch and score his first try for the Sheffield Vulcans. ‘D*ck of the Day’ went to Simon Green for an overly enthusiastic tackle that unfortunately left a Raven with a bloody nose. 

MOTM Vulcans v Ravens

Nefyn Edwards, Simon Green and Daniel Winfield

Many Thanks to the Newcastle Ravens for organising a superb match to kick off the season and for setting up a fantastic night out sampling the Newcastle LGBT+ scene. 

Watch a short video of the match below or take a look at some photos.


Keep an eye on our social media and the news section of the website for news of further fixtures throughout the season. If you are interested in joining the Sheffield Vulcans and giving Rugby a ‘try’ then get in touch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or email committee@sheffieldvuclans.com 

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SHEFFIELD VULCANS VS SWANSEA VIKINGS

Date: Saturday 28th April 2018
Location: Swansea Uplands RUFC

Some of the Sheffield Vulcans had an early start to make the journey down to Swansea on Saturday. The team were excited to journey to Wales to play against the Swansea Vikings in what is only the Vulcans third game since forming in August 2017.

In surprisingly bright weather, the game kicked off with 2 teams of 15 including a few Vikings donning a red Vulcan shirt. The Vikings took an early lead but the Vulcans scored a try of their own shortly afterwards and starting applying the pressure.

Praised by Vikings for the quality of tackles, the Vulcans made some superb contact and were able to stop several phases in their tracks with strong wrap ups and made a valiant effort to maul several times, something which the new team have yet to full put into practise in training.

With Vikings on both sides of the pitch, the game was full of friendliness, banter and sportsmanship as players mixed across teams and moved into different positions. The Vulcans kept the Vikings on their toes with speed from Julio and Simon, and powerhouse tackles from Scott, Patrick and Front Row- Sam Hague-Nickels on his first appearance for the Vulcans.

The final score gave the Swansea Vikings a win of 47-17 but the Sheffield Vulcans came away with more game experience, confidence in ability, and a promise of a rematch next season up in Sheffield. Scott achieved the impossible and managed to have a sunburnt face from a high of 12oc.

Man of the Match was awarded to Patrick Hignell, for his presence all over the pitch, as if teleporting from one tackle to another, and Michael Hudson for his multi-tasking as 8, 9, 10, kicker and throwing in for line outs throughout the game.

Michael and PatrickAfter a refreshing shower and the strapping up of a broken finger or two, both teams gathered in the clubhouse for some food and well deserved drinks. Both teams spoke about the IGR and the Vikings gave some great advice gleamed from their early days and set up in 2015.

Many thanks to Swansea Vikings for being spectacular hosts and creating a stellar atmosphere both on and off the pitch.

Photography by Ian Glover.

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Sheffield Vulcans VS Chester Centurions

Date: Saturday 27th January 2018
Location: Manchester Enterprise Academy

The Sheffield Vulcans took to the pitch against the Chester Centurions on Saturday a for superb 80 minutes between the two new clubs. Since launching in August 2017, this was the second Inclusive Gay Rugby match for the team and several Vulcans took to the pitch for the first time.

The game wall full of energy from start to finish and right from the off saw some amazing contact and communication from players on both sides. Sheffield Vulcans took an early lead with a try from Patrick Hignell who continued to shine with his tackling throughout the game.

Other Vulcan tries were scored by Scott Mackay, Michael Hudson, Julio Jimenez , Rex Li, and Jack Semmence. Centurions kept the Vulcans on their toes by scoring 3 tries themselves. Speed was the Vulcans’ weapon of choice and the game showcased the hard work of both teams on passing, scrums, tackles and more.

After a few failed conversions, Michael Hudson hit his stride as a first time kicker and converted 4 tries, taking the final score to 68-15 to the Sheffield Vulcans.

Both teams freshened up and retired to the Sale Rugby Club where they relaxed with some food and a well earned pint and got to know each other better. Joined by some of the Manchester Spartans and some of the Northampton Outlaws, the IGR family grew even stronger.

Sheffield Vulcans Man of the Match was shared by Jack Semmence for his full length pitch runs and Scott Mackay for his battering ram like tackles.

Huge thank you to all those who came to support both teams and a big pat on the back for all the players. A fantastic game for two fledgling teams!

 

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