Leeds Beckett complete their own golden decade

Leeds Beckett University completed their own golden decade this week under the guidance of coach Paul Fletcher as they secured their tenth consecutive student title.

Leeds Beckett University extended their run of BUCS Championship Final victories to 10 as they came from 6-0 down to beat Northumbria University 24-6 at Loughborough.

The champions, who were undefeated again this season, fell behind inside the first two minutes to a converted try but then notched up 24 points without reply to take the title.

Northumbria, who went toe-to-toe with Leeds in BUCS Premier North this season, got off to a perfect start when their opponents dropped the kick-off on their own line. After five tackles a high bomb was grabbed by centre Ieuan Jones who touched down.

Lewis Pratt converted from the touchline to make it 6-0 but as the half wore on Leeds worked their way back into the game. After 23 minutes Alistair Leak ripped through the Northumbria defence to put Jack French away. He was halted 10 metres short of the line but the ball was moved smartly to the left and Joe Caulfield was on the end of the move to score.

Leeds took the lead three minutes later when Jamie Love shrugged off the attentions of the Northumbria defence before sending his winger Tim Griffith over. The reigning champions began to turn the screw and a cut out pass from French enabled Griffith to cross for his second try on a last tackle play. Gaz Hynes converted from the touchline and just before half-time added a penalty to make it 18-6 at the interval.

The second half was a much more even affair with defences to the fore. The only points came in the final quarter when Dan Parker’s kick was caught by Love, who put Caulfield over in the corner. Hynes added the conversion but they had to play the last nine minutes with 12 men as French was shown a yellow card for a high tackle followed by a red card for dissent .

However, they managed to hold out until the final whistle for another famous victory.

Leeds Beckett: Ollie Kerr; Tim Griffith, Jamie Love, Joe Caulfield, Ryan Bracchi; Gaz Hynes, Alistair Leak; Tom Hall, Jake Reed, Charlie Tosh; Mufaro Mvududu, Rich Ward, Dan Parker. Interchange: Matt Brook, Connor Parr, Lewis Wilson, Jack French

Northumbria: Doug Foster; Mitchell Law, Ieuan Jones, Danny Simpson, Matthew Tumelty; Lewis Young, Lewis Pratt; Iain Murray, Connor Clayton, Austin Phillips; Jack Wilson, Dale Darby, Sam Luckely. Interchange: Stephen Magill, Joe Fish, Max Beresford, Luke Bates

There was even more reasons for celebration in the city with the University of Leeds winning the second tier BUCS Trophy Final earlier in the day defeating Swansea University 63-22. The Yorkshire side crossed for 12 tries, six in each half, with wing Patrick O’Brien claiming a hat-trick.

Leeds: Luka Syplywczak; Patrick O’Brien, Joey Nellany, Daniel Bent, Matthew Wright; James Woodburn-Hall, Jacob Morgan; Jack Blagbrough. Harry Tabb, Dominic O’Connor; Lawrence Chitil, Benjamin Wakefield, Benjamin Finder. Interchange: Josh Boardman, Clemenston Muchiti, John Beattie, Oliver Urclers.