All the latest news and results from the inaugural Scottish Universities Sport Cup Finals day at Murrayfield...Men’s Cup Final – St Andrews University 34, Dundee University 1st XV 30
St Andrews University were pushed all the way for the top prize at today’s inaugural Scottish Universities Sport (SUS) Cup Finals day in the shadows of the national stadium at Murrayfield.
With only four points separating the two sides in the closing minutes, both teams were hungry for the win, but St Andrews held firm to claim the victory.
St Andrews gained an early advantage over Dundee, but the Tayside team clawed back in front moments later with a converted try.
Dundee flanker Ian Wilson then put Dundee further ahead with a converted try, but St Andrews kept themselves in the game with an outstanding try of their own.
Left wing, Stuart Coleman, collected the ball inside his own half and launched a counter attack, with a smart dummy switch; he beat his opposite man on the outside and shook off the covering tackle to cross over in the corner.
Dundee went in at half-time in the lead after winger Tom Sheffield touched down in the right corner.
St Andrews then lifted themselves up a gear in the second half, and despite there only being four points in it for much of the second period, Dundee gave them much to deal with. But the eventual victors were deserving of their title as SUS Cup champions.
Women’s Cup Final – Dundee University 36, Edinburgh University 7
Despite scoring under the posts after only four minutes, Edinburgh University were defeated 36-7 by Dundee University.
Having countered Edinburgh’s early try, Dundee continued to dominate the opening exchanges as flanker Laura Steven sold a great dummy and offloaded to put no. 8 Katy Green under the posts.
Steven claimed her own try right on the stroke of half time to take Dundee in 19-7 up at the break.
Next it was the turn of Sarah Gill to cross. Starting from a catch-and-drive lineout, Gill picked the ball up and darted down the blindside to score in the corner.
Then, ten minutes later, prop Elizabeth Broadbent popped out of a rolling maul to score Dundee’s fifth try of the day.
However it was Katy Green who had the last word and claimed her second try from a terrific break to score under the posts.
Men’s Shield Final – Napier University 52, Dundee University 3rd XV 14
Napier University recorded a convincing win over Dundee University in the men’s shield final.
Napier dominated the opening stages as they surged to a 20-0 first half lead with three tries, a conversion and a penalty.
Dundee fought back in the dying minutes of the first 40 minutes to put the first of their two tries on the board.
However, it was more of the same in the second half as Napier more than doubled their score – to 42 points - and Dundee only managing to add a second try to their tally.
Men’s Bowl Final - Glasgow University 10, Glasgow Caledonian University 27
The Glasgow derby between Glasgow University and Glasgow Caledonian University was the opening game of the day at the, early for some, time of 11:30am.
It was Glasgow University who opened the scoring with a try after only six minutes. Outside centre Kyle Matheson soaked up three defenders and offloaded to fullback Danny Joseph who straightened his run to sprint over the line.
However, Caley fought back with a try from fullback Jonny Manning who bundled over in the corner. Andy Black failed to convert.
Caley took the lead five minutes later as they ran in a simple, uncontested try, this time Black was on target with the conversion.
Glasgow tried to edge back into the game with a penalty only moments later, but both a try and a converted try sealed the victory for the vociferous Glasgow Caledonian outfit.