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Clinical Loughborough see off Bath 15/12/2017

Loughborough edged closer to breaking into the top four of BUCS Super Rugby as they inflicted a first defeat in three matches on Bath, winning 35-24 at Epinal Way.

The Midlands side are now just four points behind fourth placed Leeds Beckett after producing a classy first half performance which sealed their third win from their last five matches.

With this being the final week of university rugby action before the Christmas break, there were only a handful of games taking place this week.

Loughborough 35-24 Bath

Loughborough strengthened their claim for a top four place in BUCS Super Rugby following an enthralling bonus-point victory over Bath.

The hosts enjoyed the lion share of possession in the first half and led 26-10 at half-time thanks to tries from Tom Ffitch, Quinten Koster, Alex Glashan and Charlie Kingham.

Scores by Levi Davies and George Frampton just about kept Bath in touch, but they fell further behind when Ffitch landed two penalties for Loughborough in the third quarter.

Bath did battle back as tries from Jack Burroughs and George Wooton cut Loughborough’s lead to eight points, but the home side struck another penalty to wrap up the victory.

This was Loughborough’s fifth win of the campaign and it leaves them three points behind Leeds Beckett, who currently occupy fourth spot in the table while defeat for Bath ended their three game unbeaten run.

Heading into the Christmas break, Exeter top BUCS Super Rugby after eight wins from 10 matches, but they are just two points clear of Cardiff Met and three ahead of Northumbria.

Further down the division, Leeds Beckett have a game in hand and a win would see them go into the top three while champions Hartpury are seventh after a tough campaign so far. Like Hartpury, Durham are also having a difficult season as they sit eighth in the table and newcomers Nottingham Trent prop up the division following 10 straight losses.

Elsewhere across BUCS

Newcastle will top the tree in North A as we enter the festive break following a 31-17 win over Loughborough 2nds. The northeast side are now eight points clear of the summit following their eighth win of the campaign while Nottingham’s trip to Bishop Burton was postponed.

In North B, Leeds Beckett 2nds ended the year on top of the division as they beat St Andrews 39-21 to claim their sixth win of the season while Durham 2nds edged out Loughborough 3rds 19-17. There was also one result in South B this week as Cardiff Met 2nds ran out 26-15 winners against Portsmouth.

Manchester Met’s clash with Bangor was called off in Northern 2A, but there was action in Northern 2B as Leeds Beckett 3rds secured a narrow 26-24 win over league leaders Newcastle 3rds to cut the gap at the top to two points. Meanwhile, Leeds 2nds v Sheffield 2nds was postponed.

There was only one fixture in the top Women’s divisions this week and it came in Premier South as Cardiff Met thrashed Gloucestershire 82-0.

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