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Durham and Leeds Met triumph at BUCS Finals

28 April 2011

  • Durham get the better of UWIC in epic encounter
  • Leeds Met power their way to win over Exeter
Leeds Met Carnegie celebrate their BUCS win

Photo: RFU Archive

Durham and UWIC played out an epic encounter at RFU Twickenham today with both team’s attacking style making for a very open game which was only decided by a last minute penalty.  

It was Durham who prevailed with only two points separating the teams at full time, with the final score 25-23 to Durham.

It was UWIC who stuck first from a penalty. After missing his first attempt Rhys Roberts stepped up to convert after Durham had come in from the side.

Durham hit back and scored the first try of the game in the 12th minute. After deciding not to kick for goal on two very kickable penalties Durham’s excelling mauling saw Guy Sears ground for the first try of the game. The try was converted by Mike Ward which brought the score to 7-3 to Durham.

Only two minutes later UWIC retaliated with another penalty from Roberts. This was followed by UWIC’s first try of the game as a great solo run by Dan Bibby, who weaved past numerous Durham defenders, grabbed the Welsh team’s first try of the game.

The game swung back in Durham’s favour as David Haigh scored Durham’s second try of the game to bring the score to Durham 12 – 11 UWIC. In the last 20 minutes of the first half it was UWIC who took the advantage as Nick Halse and Josh Jacas scored two quick tries, with the later converted by Roberts to bring the game to 12 - 23 in UWIC’s favour at half time.

The second half started as a tight affair with some strong tackles and some surging runs.  Durham took the first points of the second half with a penalty by Mike ward, to bring the gap back to 8 points, after a deliberate knock-on by a UWIC defender. The next twenty minutes saw the game edge back and forth as both teams looked to dominate in the kicking and mauling game.

With only nine minutes left on the clock UWIC looked to have scored the winning try but the play was brought back to the half way line for a knock-on.   Durham capitalised and brought the game back to within one point as captain Rob Malaney scored under the posts, which was converted by Alex Graham. It was Alex Graham who scored a last minute penalty to take the game for Durham with jubilant scenes throughout the 6470 crowd at Twickenham.

Leeds Met Carnegie win the BUCS title

Durham University celebrate their BUCS win

Photo: RFU Archive

A powerful and masterful performance from Leeds Met Carnegie women’s rugby team secured the BUCS Rugby Union Championship title today at a sun swept Twickenham Stadium.

Last year’s runner-up Leeds Met defeated Exeter 34 – 5 at the home of English Rugby RFU Twickenham.

Leeds Met Carnegie were the first out of the blocks winning a penalty in the first two minutes.  The penalty was missed by Jana Evans but only 60 seconds later Evans touched down for Leeds Met’s first try of the day. After some great work down the left wing it was Emily Ferry who doubled Leeds Met’s advantage with a well taken try in the 10th minute, converted by Jana Evans.

Leeds Met’s third try of the first half came in the 34th minute as, once again, Leeds Met broke down the wing, this time the right, with Rose Jay handing off three defenders to touch down in the corner.

The half time score was 17-0 and only two minutes into the second half Leeds Met extended the lead with a try from Claire Garner after some great work from Rose Jay. In the fifth minute of the second half England International, Emily Scarratt, added her name to the scoresheet with a superb solo try.

On the 61st minute Vicki Pinks took the score to 32-0 as Leeds Met started to run away with the game. Pinks span away from the last defender to touch down under the posts with Claire Garner converting.  

Exeter’s Rebecca Roby was injured in an attempt to stop Pink’s try which halted the play for five minutes. After the delay Exeter came into the game with some great quick passing and strong tackles. They pushed Leeds Met back to their own try line and would have been on the scoresheet but for a knock-on as the try looked likely.

In the next ten minutes Exeter tested Leeds Met’s defence for prolonged periods with some strong play and good passing. They were rewarded when Donna Downes broke through the Leeds Met defence to score right under the posts, although the conversion was missed.  

The final whistle signalled the end of an intense game with Leeds Met, who lost this final last season to UWIC, taking home the silverware after a very strong and determined performance.  Leeds Met ended the BUCS season as Champions, Northern Premier League winners and unbeaten throughout the campaign.