Swindon Rugby Union and Swindon St George Rugby League played a cross-code game on Sunday 13 March to raise funds for the New Zealand Earthquake Appeal.
A sunny afternoon helped bring the crowds out to enjoy the rugby on display.
The match was split into four 20 minute quarters. The first quarter was played under league rules in a very evenly matched start with both sides being excellent in defence. St George twice tackled Swindon Rugby Union into touch just before they crossed the try line before Mike Thorpe scored to give St George a 6-0 lead.
The second and third quarters were played under union rules. Both sides competed well in the second quarter even though St George struggled with some aspects of union and spent a lot of time defending. Richard White and Luke Dicks scored for Swindon Rugby Union to give them a 12-6 half time lead.
In the third quarter Swindon Rugby Union scored two more trys, through Nathan Waite and Jermaine Edwards, to take a 24-6 lead and control of the game. St George also picked up a few knocks so their 51 year old Chairman, Tony Ellis, took to the field to make up the numbers.
The fourth quarter was back to league rules and St George, back on familiar ground, started to attack the Swindon Rugby Union defensive line, which held firm until Neil Greenwood slipped the net to score St George’s second try. St George allowed the referee to join in the fun by kicking the conversion. A rugby league try was scored by Swindon Rugby Union’s Cameron Baxter and the game finished 30-12 to Swindon Rugby Union.
Swindon St George hooker Alan Scarborough was named Man of the Match.
Tony Ellis, Swindon St George Chairman, said “I’d like to thank everyone who supported this event. It was a great day and both clubs hope to make it an annual event.”