Rugby Club La Vila met the Sale Sharks on Saturday 14 January at La Vila Rugby Club in the penultimate game
of the European Amlin Cup Challenge. More than 2000 people enjoyed this duel which was eagerly awaited by
fans of both teams. The Sharks supporters wanted to watch their team in the glorious Costa Blanca sunshine
and the La Vila fans wanted the chance to watch a great game of rugby against a top team at our home ground.
Both sets of supporters got their wish.

The main event was preceded by the under18 game between CR La Vila and the University of Alicante, and the
musical delights of John The Fiddler while fans joined forces to enjoy the atmosphere.

The big match started at 16.00 and the La Vila team helped along by the huge public support, was able to stand
their ground against an onslaught of Sharks, however the score was opened by a try for the Sharks by Tom
Brady in the 10th minute, converted by Miller. Two more unconverted tries by Tuculet and Ward quickly
followed. Nick McCashin hit back and opened the score for La Vila with a penalty kick. After 34 minutes La Vila
centre Tim Evans scored a try accompanied by the euphoria of the crowds in the stand. The score now was a
very healthy 10-17. The next 15 minutes saw the sharks under pressure from the local team but they came back
to score two tries by Vernon and Miller. Half time saw the score line of 10-31.

The second half saw the superior physical power of the Sale Sharks come into play with tries by Cliff, Addison
and Brady for the English team all converted by Miller. The La Vila team showed great spirit and courage
throughout the game but were beaten by three more tries by Mathie, Vernon and Davies. The final score was 10-

Coach Mark Hewitt commented: “I was very happy with the performance of our lads today they rose to the
challenge and put in a good performance. I don’t usually do this but for me today my man of the match was Jon
Phipps who had an outstanding game. We have one more European game against French side Agen which is
Thursday in Agen, this so soon after a physically challenging game like today is daunting but our lads are
proving that they rise to the challenge. We look forward to resuming the league after that.”

The atmosphere at the ground was electric with both sets of fans happy with the performance of their team. The
festivities carried on into the evening with both groups of fans mingling to enjoy the balmy weather after enjoying
a very entertaining game of rugby between our local team, the Spanish Champions and one of the great English
Premiership teams.