Round 13 of the BUCS Super Rugby League saw Exeter host Swansea at Topsham. The affair was a frenzy of tries but saw Exeter claim the win.
The game got off to a flying start with Tom Gulley reaching for the white-wash and Charlie McCaig secured the extras. The opposition responded with a swift entrance into the Exeter ’22, adding seven points to their scoreboard. A penalty for a high tackle saw the home side with the advantage, and a driving maul led to hooker Louie Gulley placing the ball down. With the score at 12-7, the game was bound to be a tense one. Discipline errors from respective sides presented Exeter with a yellow card, twenty minutes into the game. The visitors made the next move and took advantage of the extra player as they spotted a gap in the line and took the ball over for the try. With the conversion successful, Swansea edged with a two-point lead. With the half time whistle nearing, Exeter needed to whack some points on the board. However, pressure from the visitors gave them the scrum, and after making their way through their phases Swansea scored another try. A yellow card presented to the visitors gave the boys in green an opportunity for some points, and this time it was Jake Murray who dived over the line. Continuous consecutive penalties against Swansea caught up with them with a second yellow card awarded just before the whistle. A strong line out from Exeter led Seb Driscoll over the white-wash, and with Charlie McCaig under the ball, the extras were secured.
Half time score: Exeter University 26-19 Swansea University
with guns blazing, both teams returned to the field with a point to prove. An early red card for Exeter didn't set them up for a great start, nevertheless an outside pass from Charlie McCaig to Hugo Ellerby gave Exeter their fourth try of the match, which took the score to 33-19. As the game continued, so did the tries, from Hugo Ellerby and Benjy Joseland. Discipline errors from Exeter, gave Swansea a brilliant setup for a try which updated the score to 45-31. With the clock ticking, extra still had more to give with the final try being scored by Joe Vajner off the maul. Player of the match Charlie McCaig succeeded with the extras taking the final score to 55-31.
Full- time score Exeter University 55-31 Swansea University
It was intense clash on our return to Topsham yesterday afternoon, with Exeter adding another five points to the table. Next week, Exeter make the long trip to Durham which is sure to be another intense game for Round 14.