Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Try-Ing Time for the Men - but TN's Ladies Triumph; GRASSROOTS SPORT UNIVERSITY RUGBY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Try-Ing Time for the Men - but TN's Ladies Triumph; GRASSROOTS SPORT UNIVERSITY RUGBY

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NORTHUMBRIA University's women made a flying start on their return to BUCS Premier North following a brilliant win against Edinburgh at Kingston Park.

In the first match of a Clash Of The Titans double-header, Si Culley's starstudded squad dominated visitors Edinburgh from start to finish.

The hosts were well worth their 42-7 victory in front of a partisan crowd and members of the Tongan World Cup squad.

However, the university's men as Northumbria was edged out 13-10 by arch-rivals Newcastle in a tense firstteam fixture.

"It was a very disappointing result for us," admitted Culley as he reflected on the men's defeat.

"We did not execute our game plan the way we would have liked but Newcastle did and they deserved to win." There was nothing to choose between the sides in the first half, penalties from Northumbria's Donald Crawford and Newcastle's Rhodri Adamson ensuring the sides went in with the scores level at 3-3. Culley added: "Neither team took control in the first half.

"We had a few good periods of possession but we failed to string together any phases."

Northumbria came out strongly in the second half and finally found the breakthrough when Stu Nel forced the ball over the line after an extended period of pressure.

Culley said: "It was a well-worked try from us.

"It was great to see Stu score a try on his debut and we had a good spell during the first 10 minutes of the second half - but after that we just switched off completely."

Moments later Newcastle responded with a try but the follow-up conversion was missed, meaning Northumbria still led 10-8. Newcastle then took the lead with a late try and there was no way back for the weary hosts.

The game ended 13-10 in Newcastle's favour but Culley will still try to take some positives into the next match at Leeds Beckett.

He added: "It is not the end of the world and there were a lot of positives in the game.

"We dominated the scrums, put good pressure on Newcastle at times with good phases of play and positionally we were solid. …

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