After a trip to Luctonians on the Welsh border in round 4 of the National Colts Competition and a relatively comfortable victory, Nottingham Corsairs headed up north to Yorkshire on Sunday to take on a strong Old Brodeians team as well as the daunting elements in what turned out to be a hard-fought round 5 tie. The first half saw Corsairs playing up the slope and against the wind and lashing rain and a good defensive display largely kept the young men from Yorkshire at bay until the final minutes of the first half when the local team kicked a penalty before forcing their way over the try line in the corner with the final play of the half.
With no end in sight to the appalling weather conditions and the large local crowd baying for blood, Corsairs cooked up a perfect storm of their own as they challenged downhill with the wind at their backs from the whistle in the second half and went over the fading whitewash three times to secure an 8-15 victory and a place in the last 8 of the National Colts Cup.
Sunday was no place for faint hearts and once again the Corsairs team showed the character, resilience and bravery which served them so well throughout last season. A huge amount of credit must go to Old Brodleians, not only for the stiff challenge they provided on the pitch, but also for their warm hospitality in the clubhouse after the game. Old Brodleians had not lost a game on their home pitch in almost three years, but despite their obvious disappointment they proved to be gracious hosts and were fulsome in their praise for the visiting team.