On Sunday 12th September, Old Pats Colts took to the field at Kingsholm to play a mixed-code game against Cottingham Tigers. This was the curtain-raiser for the Battle of the Codes charity game, raising money for Rugby for Heroes, and featuring many former stars from the league and union.
The lure of running out on Gloucester’s hallowed turf was a strong one, so Old Pats fielded 37 Colts players. Meanwhile 20 players had made the long coach trip down from Cottingham (nr. Hull). After a first half of rugby league, and two tries apiece, the scores stood equal at 12 points each. The second half of union remained a tight game, with Old Pats managing to pull away in the final quarter. With the union half seeing three Old Pats tries and a conversion to Cottingham’s converted try and a penalty, the final score was 29-22 to Old Pats.
It was a great game to watch, played in good spirits. The Old Pats boys enjoyed their first taste of league and, of course, it was a real thrill to run out at Kingsholm.