Waterpolo Men outclass Newcastle
Beckett’s Men’s continue to run riot at the top of the North 2B table after a crushing 16-10 victory over high-flying rivals Newcastle University.
Beckett and Newcastle threw everything at each other in the opening quarter with both teams striking lucky in an opening goal-fest, Beckett edging the affair 5-4 in the opening quarter.
From there the home side never looked back going further ahead 9-7 at half time before an extremely tense and low scoring third quarter saw Beckett nip it 10-9 before the final quarter.
Beckett turned on the style in the final quarter, finding the net on six occasions to give Beckett an unequivocal 16-10 advantage and victory over Newcastle.
Beckett’s victory keeps them in pole position in the BUCS Northern 2B League before the winter break.
Beckett’s next fixture is now on Wednesday 7 February 2018 where they will travel to the University of York, enjoy the festive off-season lads!
Women dazzle in victory over Nortumbria
Beckett’s Women finished off a great day for the Waterpolo club as they also faced North East competition, knocking league leaders Northumbria off of their perch in an exciting 12-8 victory.
Beckett are now unbeaten in their last four matches, knocking off all above them in the table as they aim to finish the season with a flurry.
The home side were good for value throughout the contest, taking an early 3-2 lead in the first quarter to set the tone for the match.
Similar to the Men’s encounter with Newcastle, Beckett’s Women knew they were in for a tough battle with both Beckett and Northumbria literally throwing everything they had at each other’s goals.
Despite pressure from the league leaders, Beckett extended their lead to 7-4 at half time before taking out a 10-7 advantage by the end of the third quarter.
The final quarter was low scoring with both teams relenting each other’s attack with Beckett finishing the match to claim a very impressive 12-8 victory.
Beckett face an unbelievably tough prospect in their next BUCS Northern 2B round as they take on Durham Universities 2nd and 3rd teams in a back-to-back double-header on Sunday 10 December, kick-offs at 5:30pm then 6:30pm.
Beckett RFC draw 22-22 against Bath University
It was a frustrating day at the office for Leeds Beckett RFC as they were denied victory late on by a resilient University of Bath side.
Beckett were in complete control for most of the contest but two late tries from the visitors saw the Bears denied a third consecutive Super Rugby victory.
The match started with Bath dominating possession and territory early on but Beckett’s resiliency turfed out any danger in Bath scoring, instead it was Beckett who drew first blood, Number 8 Zach Scott-Gray crashing over from a Beckett scrum to put the home team up 5-0
Defences were on top for the first half with some big hits from both team, but Beckett Winger Ryan Hamilton can claim the biggest of the match after hitting his Bath counterpart with everything, including his passport.
The second half saw the home side turn on the style, with Scrum Half James Elliott scoring straight from the kick-off to extend Beckett’s lead 12-0.
Bath claimed a try of their own after finally finding a chink in the Beckett armour out wide to make it 12-5 before Beckett were awarded a penalty for a late hit on Fly Half Sam Fox, Kieran Davies kicking the goal to nudge Beckett ahead 15-5.
The match looked all but over when Beckett Winger Harry Robinson skipped his way through the Bath defence to give Beckett a seemingly unassailable 22-5 lead. Bath, however, had different ideas and two late tries from the visitors set up a nervy 22-17 finish.
Bath continued to prod and probe the Beckett line before seizing their opportunity to level the scores out wide, Bath missed the conversion to make it 22-22 at full time.
Beckett’s draw with Bath sees the Bears remain in third, with Cardiff Met moving up to second after their impressive 44-24 victory over Northumbria.
Beckett’s BUCS winners
Men’s 1st vs University of Leeds 8-0
Women’s 1st vs Birmingham 3-2
Men’s 2nd vs Sheffield Hallam 2-0
Women’s 3rd vs Sunderland 4-2
Men’s 4th vs Bradford 6-2
Mixed 1st vs Durham 4-2
Men’s 1st vs Liverpool 7-4
Men’s 2nd vs Sheffield Hallam 8-3
Women’s 3rd vs Newcastle 3-1
Men’s 2nd vs Bangor 8-3
Women’s 2nd vs Manchester 71-31
Women’s 4th vs Durham 49-28
Men’s 1st vs Northumbria 14-6
Men’s 3rd vs Sheffield 25-13
Men’s 5th vs York St John 114-3
Women’s 1st vs Sheffield 4-0
Women’s 1st vs Durham 10-2
Women’s 2nd vs Sheffield 8-4
Men’s 3rd vs Durham 3rd 8-4
Women’s 3rd vs Edge Hill 12-0
Men’s 4th vs Sheffield 1st 10-2
Men’s 5th vs Sheffield 2nd 12-0
Men’s 6th vs Durham 6th 10-2
Men’s 7th vs Hull 12-0
Men’s 1st vs Newcastle 16-10
Women’s 1st vs Northumbria 12-8