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Round 11

League Table Topples as Cardiff Met Take the Lead after a Week of Unpredictable Results.

The BUCS Super Rugby league saw a derby day battle leaving Cardiff Met top of the table, 1 point ahead of Exeter, after a testing game at Cardiff Arms Park. Hartpury were forced into third after Bath clinched the win at home. In the bottom half of the table, there were big wins for Beckett and Northumbria, leaving Loughborough and Durham to walk away pointless. 

 

Match 1: Beckett Bounce Back after 5 Game Losing Streak

 

Beckett showed their worth on Wednesday afternoon, scoring in the 6th minute of the game. Loughborough shortly answered Beckett’s 15-0 lead with a conversion by Tom Lewis. 

 

Leading 29-3 at the break, the Beckett boys secured their bonus-point win, ending their five-game losing streak. After a tough defeat, Loughborough head home as 7th in the league. 

 

Great performances by Beckett try scorers Johnny Keh, Gareth Stephens, Sam Theron and Captain Connor Lloyd, who was consistent off the tee.

 

Match 2: Exeter Excel vs Nottingham Trent after Last Week’s Defeat

 

Following their loss to Hartpury last week, Exeter’s Richard Capstick was quick to score in the 3rd minute. Close to follow was George Chatterton in the 11th minute, in addition to faultless kicking from Morley. With Trent failing to capitalise on a handful of gifted penalties, they found themselves 14-0 going into the break.

 

Trent, giving Exeter a run for their money, were first to score in the second half, trailing 10-14, however Exeter slow to silence them, responded with two converted tries, taking 3 points with a 15-28 win.

Match 3: Northumbria Overcome Their Away Day v Durham Losing Streak

 

The Battle in the North East saw Northumbria trounce Durham, scoring three converted tries and a penalty before Durham replied with a single converted try before the full-time whistle went. Coach Darren Fearn congratulated the team as he recalled never beating Durham away as a Northumbrian Student.

Final score 7-24

 

 

Match 4: Bath Do The Double Over Hartpury

 

Under the lights at Infield, Bath used their home advantage to defeat Hartpury for the second time this season. 20-17 at half time meant there was all to play for, but Hugo Styles’ 100% conversion rate saw him slot his 4th penalty of the game, putting Bath 30-17 up in the 65th minute.

 

Despite 7 minutes left on the clock and a yellow card for Hartpury’s No.6, the away team left the crowd stunned as scored a bonus-point try, leaving just 2 points in it. 

 

Astounding try scoring efforts by Bath’s Hugo Stiles (scoring 21 of Baths 33 points), James Hadfield and Harry Short, closely matched by Hartpury’s Dwayne Burrows, Nick English and Evrin Muric. 

 

Match 5: Met Table Toppers after the Cardiff Clash

 

2,500 students piled into Cardiff Arms Park on Wednesday night to witness what was dubbed the #CardiffClash. Met Captain Aled Ward set an example by scoring a 12th minute try, converted by Harry Johnston, who, contributing 14 out of the 34 points scored.

 

Despite being bottom of the table, Met’s coach Danny Milton vouched for Cardiff University hard fought efforts, saying they “threw the kitchen sink at us in the second half”. Great teamwork between Ben Thomas, Cam Lewis and Man of the Match Rhodri Wall led to the try of the match but wasn’t enough to stop Met’s Luke Northmore’s bonus point try in the 81st minute. 

 

 

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