Durham University put in a strong performance as the BUCS Super Rugby league leaders extended their stay at the top of the table with a 38-0 victory over the University of Bath.
The Blue and Gold matched up well to the visitors for long periods of the game but Durham’s raw power in the pack eventually told as they secured victory at the Sports Training Village.
Table-topping Durham opened the scoring within three minutes, forcing a penalty and kicking it to touch before unleashing an unstoppable line-out drive. Prop Scott Bowerman crashed over for the try and Nathan Wyman added the extras. [0-7]
Durham applied more pressure and almost added a second in quick succession. Flanker Jamie Adamson looked set to add to their total when he powered across the line, but Bath centre Alex Nisbet was able to knock the ball out of his hands before he touched down.
That epitomised some excellent defending from the hosts, who grew into the game and gave as good as they got during a well-contested first-half.
The hosts enjoyed some good periods of possession but a loose pass on the halfway line resulted in a knock-on and a Durham scrum. From the resulting set piece, Durham forced a penalty and kicked to touch before utilising their line-out drive to good effect once more, with Bowerman again touching down. Wyman’s converted to extend the score line. [0-14]
Half-time – University of Bath 0-14 Durham University
Durham started the second-half on the front foot with another prop, Toby Woods, quickly bagging their third try which was converted. [0-21]
The Blue and Gold’s remained resilient and continued to battle away but without reward, with winger Sam Kennaugh being bundled into touch just short of the line, and Durham managing to clear their lines after a fantastic 30 metre break from Will Butt.
The visitors put the game firmly out of reach just after the hour mark with the try of the night, Bowerman jinking past four defenders as he cut in from the right before touching down underneath the posts to leave himself with a simple conversion. [0-28]
Front-row replacements Monty Royston and Fred Davies both bundled over in the last five minutes to extend Durham’s winning margin. [0-38]
Full-time – University of Bath 0-38 Durham University
University of Bath are back in action at the Sports Training Village on Wednesday 19th February when they host Swansea for the first time in BUCS Super Rugby. Kick-off is 18.30 and admission is free.