The 2014-15 East Durham College Rugby Union Team

East Durham College RFU Sinks Bridgwater College To Make First-Ever National Final

East Durham College’s Rugby Union team have advanced to the Association of College’s National Plate Final 2015.

The Peterlee-based team have 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 5 points cross the four matches.

That win has set up a final tie on 29th April against Worthing College, West Sussex, at Stourbridge Rugby Ground near Birmingham - as EDC looks to secure their first ever national AOC 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 have 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, who are 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.”

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EDC - Route to the Final
Home vs Scarborough 6th Form: 31 - 0
Home vs Barnsley College: 26 - 0
Away vs Runshaw College (Leyland, Lancashire): 5 - 11
Away vs Bridgwater College (Somerset): 0 - 47