Rugby Success :: Bishop Burton College

Rugby Success

College team qualify for BCS National Championships.

MEMBERS of Bishop Burton College's further education Rugby Academy have qualified for the prestigious British Colleges Sport (BCS) National Championships for the second year running.

They won their way through at the regional championships held at the University of York. The college's Football Academy made the final at the event, but lost in a sudden death penalty shoot out.

The ten-a-side winning rugby squad will now go through to the BCS National Championships which will take place in Bath next spring.

Their first match was a 19-0 victory over Barnsley College, then a 33-0 triumph over Scarborough College. They took on John Leggott College in the final and won 26-0.

Richard Wareham, Bishop Burton rugby coach, said: "We got stronger with each game.

"It was an interesting final as John Leggott College is linked with Scunthorpe Rugby Club and they had looked impressive in their other games.

"But our players rose to the challenge and dominated both scrums and line-outs against a much taller team. Our superior fitness and skill level resulting in three early tries in the first ten minutes. We scored two more before the game was stopped.

"The most impressive part of the day, apart from our behavior of the pitch, was that no-one scored any points against us. To achieve this in a small sided game on a full size pitch speaks volumes about the players work rate, commitment and discipline.

"I was also very proud that the groundsman at York University thanked us for tidying up after ourselves. Just a little thing, but sport isn't just about performing well on the pitch - it's about conduct off it as well."