30th challenge completed – Rugby

It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally moved on from 29 and completed my 30th challenge. As I’ve previously stated, whilst I’ve always been a big fan of rugby and regular spectator, I’d never actually played the game.

I decided that tag rugby 7s would be more sensible then playing contact 7s as the risk of getting injured and not being able to complete the challenge in time, or the New York Marathon (training started yesterday!) would have been a distinct possibility.

The tag rugby league that I signed up to was call ‘Try Tag Rugby’ based in Acton. They have a variety of mixed and men’s leagues of various standards, but all of the leagues are very social and many of the teams go for drinks after the matches. My team was call Uptag Funk and consisted of 5 guys and 4 girls, none of us having previously met. Luckily we all got on really well, but we weren’t exactly the most gifted rugby players so definitely took us a while to get up to speed, both regarding the tactics but also the rules.

The first game was a bit of a disaster, think we lost 17-3, but we were later informed that the team we played should have been in the league above so that definitely made us feel a little better. Over the next couple of weeks we improved but still remained winless, that was until we came across the team top of the league. Suddenly it all came together, not just the rest of the team, but I also had a blinder, scoring three tries in a comfortable win. Unfortunately, that was the only success we had all season despite a couple of other close matches.

It was really good fun and although I can’t commit to the summer league it’s definitely something that I would consider again once I have time.

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