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FOR the second time in 11 days, Durham University edged out University of Wales Institute Cardiff in the climax of a student rugby tournament when they beat them 29-27 in the final of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Sevens Championship at Preston Grasshoppers at the weekend (May 7/8).

Durham recently edged out UWIC by a couple of points at Twickenham to win the BUCS Mens Championship final 25-23 after trailling 23-12 at halt-time and at Lightfoot Green, Preston on Sunday, they again snatched the prize with by a two-point margin.

With 14 teams taking part in the Mens section and 11 in the Womens, the two-day Preston event was the product of five regional qualification festivals in which over 40 teams participated.

At the Quarter-final stage, UWIC had to battle to the death to get the better of Hartpury 19-12, while Durham had more to spare in beating Manchester 26-12. The Semi-finals, however brought a reversal of roles as UWIC romped home 40-12 against Newcastle, whereas Durham reached the final with a 12-5 win over Loughborough, one of the outstanding games of the competition.

In the Womens section, the Loughborough v Exeter tie was the pick, the former getting home 12-5 in a another tense affair to set up a Semi-final against Leeds Met. That game was also on a knife-edge to the death, but this time it was Leeds who got home 17-12.

UWIC Women ensured that there was a trophy to take back to Cardiff via a handsome 48-7 victory over Leeds Met in their final.

Now the top four Men's and Women's teams go forward to compete in the Prestigious European Students Festival, while victory in the Mens competition gave Durham a place at Twickenham in the Middlesex Charity 7s.

Former England and British Lions captain Bill Beaumont OBE and Bob Reeves, RFU Chair of Student Rugby and RFU Junior Vice President, presented the trophies.


Men: Cup qualifiers Loughborough w/o, Newcastle 47 Medway 0, Leeds Met 47 Glamorgan 7, Bristol 36 Liverpool 7, Manchester 33 Bath 17, Hartpury 33 Exeter 3. Plate quarter-final Glamorgan 38 Medway 3. Cup quarter-finals UWIC 19 Hartpury 12, Durham 26 Manchester 12, Loughborough 19 Bristol 14, Newcastle 26 Leeds Met 19. Plate semi-finals Bath 36 Glamorgan 12, Exeter 21 Liverpool 12. Cup semi-finals UWIC 40 Newcastle 12, Durham 12 Loughborough 7. Plate final Bath 19 Exeter 26. Cup final UWIC 27 Durham 29.

Women: Cup quarter-finals UWIC 49 Leeds 0, Leeds Met 36 Chester 0, Loughborough 12 Exeter 5, Edinburgh 24 Manchester 10. Plate semi-finals Leeds 17 Manchester 24, Chester 7 Exeter 38. Cup semi-finals UWIC 26 Edinburgh 0, Leeds Met 17 Loughborough 12. Plate final Manchester 7 Exeter 39. Cup final UWIC 48 Leeds Met 7.

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