5th October 2017, 16:20 | university

University round-up

University round-up

The Northern and Southern Premier competitions got underway on Wednesday...

The Northern and Southern BUCS Premier competitions both got underway yesterday, with Northumbria kicking off with a steely 24-6 win over Hull.

The 2016/17 BUCS Champions were pushed hard by Hull at Newcastle Thunder's Kingston Park.

A host of new faces were amongst the squad, with Jed Charlton picking up the Man of the Match award.

Elsewhere, Newcastle stormed to a 28-0 win over Nottingham.

The hosts were only 6-0 up at half time, but managed 22 unanswered second-half points to pull clear and go top of the embryonic Premier North table.

Elsewhere, in the Premier South, Loughborough were big winners, claiming an impressive 48-12 win on the road at Nottingham Trent.

Featured Game: St Mary's 34-8 Exeter | Premier South

This week's featured match saw St Mary's run out comfortable winners in an entertaining Premier South home game against Exeter...

St Mary’s got their season in Premier South underway with a convincing 34-8 win over Exeter at Strawberry Hill. The home side dominated for much of the game but the visitors stuck to their task and were rewarded with two late tries.

Playing with a strong breeze at their backs, St Mary’s dominated the first half, scoring 20 points without reply. They opened the scoring after nine minutes when successive penalties gave them a good attacking platform.

Oscar Ward went over from short range following a neat pass from England Universities' Charlie Greene and Ward went over for his second just three minutes later finishing off a flowing move down the left.

Charles Hammond converted to make it 10-0 and Exeter worked hard to get back into the game but were rarely able to complete a set.

However, midway through the half, they put pressure on the home defence and conjured up a scoring opportunity with a high kick to the corner on the sixth tackle. Unfortunately the ball was spilled in the over the line.

And, within minutes, St Mary’s went further ahead when they moved the ball smartly to the right to enable wing Josh Robson to touchdown in the corner.

They then showed their defensive qualities as the visitors put pressure on their line but couldn’t quite turn that pressure into points.

Just before half-time, Hammond intercepted and ran 30 metres to score, converting his own try to make it 20-0 at the interval.

More defensive effort was required by St Mary’s early in the second half before the hard-working forward Greene crossed for two tries, one of which Hammond converted to give them an unassailable 30-0 lead.

The game then developed into a scrappy affair with a rash of penalties.

Exeter took advantage of the home side’s indiscipline to notch up tries through Jordan Langa and Josh Graham, but St Mary’s had the final say when the visitors had a player sinbinned.

From the ensuing tap penalty Hammond stretched out to plant the ball over the line to seal victory.

Coach Will Lovell, the former London Broncos player, was pleased with his side’s performance but said there was much to work on before next week’s fixture at Loughborough.