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England Students 42 Irish Colleges 9

An outstanding performance from the Students back-row, including two tries from skipper and No.8 Phil Burgess, eased England to a comfortable six-try win over the Irish Colleges at Gosforth's Druid Park venue tonight.

Burgess led by example and set the tone of the evening with two tries inside 15 minutes with another four coming in the second-half from his team mates as the snow continued unabated.

In fact the game had been switched at very short notice to Gosforth's all-weather ground as the scheduled Kingston Park venue, home to Newcastle Falcons, was snow bound.

"Bearing in mind the weather conditions we still managed to play some running rugby and created some very good scoring opportunities," commented team manager Keith Green. "It snowed like hell the whole game but a big thank-you to the Scottish referee Cameron Rudkin for allowing us to play the game and to let it flow as much as he could in the conditions."

While it was the visitors who scored first after just two minutes with the first of fly half Conor Murphy's three penalties the Students replied just two minutes later when Burgess piled over in the corner off the back of a scrum some 10 metres out.

And while the Colleges sneaked into the lead for a second time, 6-5, it was Burgess who again came up with the perfect riposte on 15 minutes when the Students pack shoved their visitors off their own ball allowing the No.8 to pick up and bundle his way over.

Although fly half James Crozier couldn't add the wide-angle conversion he found his scoring boots on the stroke of half-time landing his first penalty to stretch the students lead to 13-6 at the break and open his 12 point account.

He added his second penalty a minute after the restart and three minutes later was back in action kicking the conversion of flanker Evan Stewart's debut try under the posts rounding off a fine handling move from his team mates.

His back-row buddy Mark Wilson joined in the fun just three minutes later following a great break from Burgess, again Crozier converted, and on 54 minutes another fine handling movement that started in their own half was finished off by centre Matt Humphries.

With 15 minutes to got the Students capped their night's work in the tricky conditions with another great move combining backs and forwards that was finally touched down by wing Sean Morris and once more converted by Crozier.

The England Students side will be back in action on March 19th when they cross the channel to face the France Universities side at Riom.

England Students: Louis Messer (UWIC); Sean Morris (Oxford), Tom Mitchell (Bristol), Matt Humphries (UWE), James Crozier (Durham); Mike Ward (Durham), Greg Nicholls (Bristol); Matt Berry (Loughborough), Adam Bellamy (Bristol), Oliver Mines (Durham); Royce Cadman (Hartpury), Andrew Archibald (Northumbria); Mark Wilson (Northumbria), Evan Stewart (Manchester), Phil Burgess (Loughborough - c).

Reps: Patrick Crossley (Cambridge) Tim Brockett, Will Warden (Loughborough), Ben Maidment (Cambridge), Will Chudleigh (Loughborough), Paul Roberts (Bath), Tom Hockedy (Exeter).

Ref: Cameron Rudkin (SRFU)

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