2018 Leeds Uni 1st XIII v Nottingham Uni 1st XIII
14th November 2018
The 1s got their second victory of the season yesterday with a 21-20 victory over the every improving Nottingham 1s. Nottingham were leading 10-8 at half time, despite Leeds scoring twice through Conor Rundle and Jude Corcos. The second half started brilliantly and Rundle scored his second after running 60m to score under the posts after good work from Aussie Pat Brandon who was quick out of dummy half. Corcos then scored his routine second before Nottingham scored twice to put the scores level at 20-20. With 5 mins left, Joel Bateson slotted a drop goal from 30 meters to seal the victory.
Dick of the day goes to Declan Dabrowski for not turning up to the compulsory social
By Harry Aaronson
Leeds Uni 2nd XIII V Sheffield Uni 1st XIII
By Freddie Found
Top of the table? Away from home? Not a problem.
Leeds 2s secured their second win in as many games away at Sheffield as they beat the team who had won 4 games from 4 by 18 points to 12. Leeds made a bright start (for a change), completing their sets efficiently and effectively, but this didn’t stop Sheffield scoring first from a kick into the in-goal that bounced that was collected by and touched down.
It didn’t take long for Leeds to reply- in fact, it didn’t take long for Leeds to reply 3 times in a row. Ben Saych scored on the wing soon after Sheffield had scored and debutant Ryan Gerrard converted to put Leeds 6-4 ahead. Then, Guy McDonald, making his competitive debut for LURL, scored on the left hand side. Soon after, captain Freddie Found stripped the ball from a Sheffield man 40m out, ran 20m before getting tackled, played the ball quickly for Myurun Waran to collect it and score under the posts. Unfortunately, Sheffield scored just before half-time to make it 18-8 at the break.
The second half wasn’t so much a game of rugby, more a defensive exercise for Leeds as they stayed camped in their own half defending Sheffield sets for virtually the whole 40 minutes. Despite this, they only conceded once- Sheffield failed to concede the try again, meaning the match ended 18-12- the 6 point difference being down to Gerrard’s excellent kicking.
· Ben Saych
· Guy McDonald
· Myurun Waran
· Ryan Gerrard 3/3
MOTM: Freddie Found and Mike Newsholme
2018 Leeds Uni 1st XIII V Leeds Beckett 1st XIII Match report
7th November 2018
1s put in a solid performance vs Leeds Beckett 1s despite being on the wrong end of a 36-6 score line. Which was converted by Joel Bateson. The match was much tighter than the score suggests and strong performances from try scorer Harrison Gallagher and Jonathon Burnett were very pleasing to coach Tim Rumford, especially given they are freshers. Dick of the day went to Ben Stevens who kick the ball so far out on the full that I think it has just been recovered in Headingley Stadium!
By Harry Aaronson