Academy win BUCS cup for third year in a row

The Academy side won the BUCS Northern Conference Plate for a third year in a row with a 36-15 victory over Leeds University.

After a waterlogged pitch at Sheffield Hallam, both the academy side and the opposition travelled to Castle Park to play on the AGP pitch

Will Burden, Sam Nunn and Fraser Leiper were amongst the try scorer for the academy.

Coach Richard List was delighted with the performance of the youngsters to stay undefeated this season.

“It was great, the lads played well and did everything asked, it was a tough game with the AOC side also playing so we could only put a few on the bench but they dug in well and played some good rugby and claimed a deserved win.”

It wasn’t plain sailing for the Academy as they had to fight early on to get a foothold in the game.

“It was a tough game to get our way in to because Leeds started really well as most teams do here facing us and we started a bit slowly as well, but we will work hard to fix that for our remaining BUCS league games.

There is plenty to learn, we were happy with the set-piece, open play and generally how aggressive we were in the defence so it was pleasing performance to go with a great cup final win.”

The AOC side were also in action in a cup competition of their own, however they were defeated in the Quarter-finals by Coventry College, who are affiliated with Wasps.

Listy was positive about the future for those involved though.

“There was a good few that stepped up to the mark against virtually a Wasps academy side and it is tough going there with some lads playing out of position, it was a big learning curve for them but it was good to see us putting a few points on the board and they will definitely learn from it.

The future is certainly looking bright and with an announcement coming soon regarding the BUCS side it is exciting times, so watch this space.” 

Academy win BUCS cup for third year in a row

League Table

1 London Irish 74
2 Ealing Trailfinders 66
3 Jersey Reds 56
4 Bedford Blues 52
5 Cornish Pirates 49
6 Nottingham 43
7 Coventry 39
8 Doncaster Knights 36
9 London Scottish 36
10 Yorkshire Carnegie 35
11 Richmond 22
12 Hartpury College 21