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BUCS round up 21 March 2019

It was the final round of fixtures for several Leeds Beckett sports clubs, while the men’s rugby union team advanced to the BUCS Super Rugby Championship semi finals.

Women’s Lacrosse edged by University of Leeds

The team succumbed to a heartbreaking 6-5 defeat to their rival neighbours in their final league game of the season.

An enthralling contest for spectators, both teams exchanged the lead throughout the hard-fought contest with Beckett leading on three separate occasions.

Beckett started off the stronger of the two sides, quickly establishing a 2-0 lead in the opening quarter before Leeds reduced the deficit in the second, as Beckett had a slender 3-2 lead at the end of the half.

The start of the second half saw Leeds build their momentum as they took a 5-3 lead over Beckett and, despite a spirited fightback, University of Leeds hung on to their lead to close the game out 7-6.

Beckett’s defeat saw them end their BUCS Northern 1A league campaign in fourth, ten points behind the University of Leeds.

BUCS Super Rugby semi-finals await for Leeds Beckett

Leeds Beckett will, for the first time in their history, take part in the BUCS Super Rugby Championship semi finals after their 27-23 quarter final victory over Cardiff Metropolitan University

Beckett will travel to Super Rugby league winners Exeter on Wednesday 27 March in a mouth-watering clash, with an appearance at Twickenham in the final up for grabs.

The history making team will look to extend their unbeaten run, the greatest in BUCS Super Rugby history, as the team are unbeaten in their last ten fixtures – having won nine and drawn just once.

The team fought back heroically from behind twice to seal their place in the semi’s will give plenty for Exeter to worry about, who know they will have to perform for the full 80 minutes to keep the Leeds side at bay.

Finals week for Leeds Beckett RL and Carnegie American Football

Next week will see Leeds Beckett’s rugby league and American football first teams compete in their BUCS Championship Cup finals.

The American football team will be making their first ever appearance in the BUCS Championship Cup final, as they take on the University of Hertfordshire on Sunday 31 March, in Loughborough.

Carnegie brushed aside all before them in the lead up to the final, defeating Birmingham 19-0 in the quarter finals before their enthralling 45-35 victory over the University of West England and will be hoping for another big performance in the final.



Rugby league, meanwhile, will make a record breaking sixteenth appearance in the Championship Cup final, having appeared in every final since the competition’s inception in 2004, as they aim to end their recent drought against fierce rivals Northumbria.

Northumbria have had the better of Beckett in the last two finals, and have defeated Beckett in both league encounters this season, but Beckett will be looking for a big performance from their senior players, that include Leeds Sports Awards winners Connor Davies, Curtis Davies and Sion Jones in their ranks.

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