COLLEGE rugby lads are on way to the finals of a national championship for the first time.
East Durham College Rugby Union team has advanced to the Association of College’s National Plate Final 2015.
The Peterlee-based team has come through four rounds of the national competition, with the earlier ties seeing them beat off competition from college sides from Scarborough, Barnsley and Leyland.
In the semi-final the side travelled down to Somerset to face Bridgwater College, running out with an impressive 47-0 victory, meaning the team had only conceded five points across the four matches.
That win has set up a final tie on Wednesday, April 29, against Worthing College at Stourbridge Rugby Ground near Birmingham, where East Durham College is hoping to secure its first ever national trophy.
East Durham College’s Head of Rugby, Gary Beck, praised the side’s performances, but knows it will be a tough task when they come up against Worthing in the final.
Gary said: “The team has continued to go from strength-to-strength this year, topped off by that terrific semi-final performance in Somerset, the side’s best of the season.
“When we have looked at Worthing’s results, it’s apparent that this final isn’t going to be an easy one.
“However, I believe in my team and we have seen as the season has continued that we have been playing better rugby with every game we have played, and there have been brilliant performances from each player across the park.
“Before the final we are looking to organise a fixture with Darlington Queen Elizabeth College, which is a great team. This will be a fantastic test for the lads ahead of the final, and will set us up well to go and push on to bring that trophy back to the north east.”
For more information on the East Durham College Rugby Academy and other sport courses on offer, visit eastdurham.ac.uk or contact our student services team on 0191 518 8222.