Brilliant Bath defeat Durham to set up BUCS National Champs semi-final with South West rivals Exeter

27 March 2024

A storming second half saw the University of Bath men’s 1st XV defeat Durham to reach the BUCS National Championships semi-finals for another year.

The Bath Building Society sponsored visitors trailed 18-12 at half time but were superb in the second period as they secured a 33-23 success.

Bath, who are also supported by Rengen, will now visit South West rivals and BUCS Super Rugby league champions Exeter in the semi-finals on Wednesday 3rd April (4.30pm kick-off).

Watch the semi-final live here:


Durham starting XV: 1 Mark Dormer, 2 Chris Poole, 3 Hamish Murray, 4 Finn Baker, 5 Osian Thomas, 6 Brayden Barratt (c), 7 Johnny Smith, 8 Marcus Rhodes; 9 Freddie Charles, 10 Patrick Bishop, 11 Olly Walker, 12 Ben Motamed, 13 Will Parry, 14 Charlie Coe, 15 Cal Greave. Replacements: 16 Josh Naftalin, 17 Max Morphey, 18 Isaac Kayada, 19 Lochie Lawson, 20 Billy Hipperson, 21 Jack Harris, 22 Harry Read, 23 Alex Earnshaw.

University of Bath starting XV: 1 Scott Kirk, 2 Jasper Spandler, 3 Billy Sela, 4 Will Jeanes, 5 Josh Dingley, 6 Mackenzie Graham, 7 Iwan Coyle, 8 Evan Jones; 9 Elis Horgan (cc), 10 Raff Weston, 11 Byron Lloyd-Gilmour, 12 Ludo Kolade (cc), 13 James Short, 14 Alfie Garside, 15 Iwan Price-Thomas. Replacements: 16 Max Pearce, 17 Archie Stanley, 18 Alfie Griffin, 19 Eddie Erskine, 20 Max Mayor, 21 Ioan Lewis, 22 Alex Clayton, 23 Oli Sedgwick.

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