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Round 7

With two fixtures hitting the BUCS Super Rugby live stream, round 7 delivered another week of high-class Rugby!

MATCH 1: Cardiff continue to hunt for their first win whilst Trent break their losing streak 

As Trent returned fresh from their break last week, visitors Cardiff arrived keen to grab their first win after a bitter loss against Northumbria. 

The first half remained close between the sides, with Cardiff just 7 points behind after scoring two tries in contrast to Trent's three. 

Sadly for the visitors, the break proved to be particularly beneficial to Trent. The home side stepped up to secured the victory with a further two tries, one of which bagged Trent's David Williams his hat-trick for the evening. In response, Cardiff could only deliver 1 try after the break, settling the score to 38-19 at full time.

MATCH 2: Cardiff Met snatch third consecutive win away at Bath

Thanks to a late penalty, Cardiff Met took home their third consecutive win whilst away at Bath who, prior to the fixture, held the top spot in the league. 

The visitors entered the break with a tight 18-14 lead thanks to tries from Scott Harvey & Tom Benjamin. Yet the major blow for Bath was to come in the second half. With both sides locked at 26-26 thanks to a Bath comeback, Harry Johnston's penalty for Met tipped them ahead for the win. FT 26-29.

MATCH 3: Hartpury dominate Durham to top the table

With a fourth consecutive victory for Hartpury, the men in red sit joint top with Exeter on the BUCS Super Rugby table. Meanwhile, the heavy loss signifies back-to-back defeats for Durham, dropping them to sixth. 

From kick-off it was clear that Hartpury meant business. With five tries scored in comparison to Durham's one, the home side came away with a convincing bonus-point win. 

Match 4: Loughborough retain their unbeaten home record in a BUCS Super Rugby classic

With a hat-trick of tries, a yellow card, a red card AND a neck-and-neck finish, this fixture had it all! 

As we've seen so often in BUCS Super Rugby, a low scoring first half tends to promise an action-packed second-half and this match was no different! With Leeds Beckett leading 19-14 at half time, the win was still all to play for. 

The game looked to be moving towards a Beckett win as the visitors extended their lead to 26-14. However, things soon began to turn in Loughborough's favour as Harrison King scored a hat-trick whilst Sam Ripper-Smith levelled the score. Tensions began to heighten as Beckett were reduced to 13-men, allowing Loughborough to clinch the victory thanks to one final try. FT 31-29. 

MATCH 5: Exeter deliver a BUCS Super Rugby masterclass away at Northumbria

With Exeter holding the lead, Northumbria continually challenged Exeter. At half time the gap had been reduced to 14-21 thanks to efforts by Northumbria's George Williams' and Josh Hodge. 

After the break, Hodge further contributed to the scoring, closing the gap with a penalty. However, a penalty try for Exeter opened their opportunity to extend their lead once again.

Despite being reduced to 13 due to two yellow cards, Northumbria impressively prevented Exeter from scoring during this time. In fact, the home side brought themselves back into the match thanks to James Elliot darting over the try-line. Sadly this wasn't to be enough with Exeter's Sam Morley wrapping up a win for the visitors with a penalty kick.

Whilst a loss against Exeter marks Northumbria's first home defeat this season, the Exeter win shifts them level with Hartpury at the top of the BUCS Super Rugby table.

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