Charity and rugby were the winners as two squads of players from St Albans and further afield gathered at Verulamians Rugby Club.

The home club fielded one team while the opposition were made up of players from clubs such as St Albans and Old Albanian.

The game was the regular charity match which had been on hiatus for the last couple of years.

Organiser Mick O'Shea said: "Community Rugby did their bit for Bowel Cancer UK.

"Two teams, one Verulamians, one the rest of the world played and raised money and with a capacity crowd we smashed our target and raised more than the £1,000 goal that had been ambitiously set.

"The rugby itself was fantastic, with youth getting the best of experience.

"The final opportunist try from a quick line-out interception was a joy to watch.

"Alex Powdrell reffed in the spirit of the day and was even involved in a scrum for the final try.

"The players all joined in a big circle and Simon McCullough spoke powerful words on what community rugby meant to a survivor. Strong stuff.

"Thank you Ross Graham for organising from the Vees end and Mick Foley for the OAs. Everyone won today."