Man of the match Cameron Toole winning the line out in training at the Peterlee Campus

EDC Rugby Through To Last Eight Of BCS Cup For The First Time In Their History

Wed, 2002-03-06 00:00

East Durham College’s rugby union team has progressed through to the last eight of a prestigious cup competition for the first time in their history, following an emphatic victory over Scunthorpe-based John Leggott College, 86 points to 17.

The County Durham college are now the sole North of England representatives left in the British Colleges Sport (BCS) Men’s National Cup competition, under 19s, and now face Coleg Menai from Bangor, Wales, in the quarter finals.

The College earned the right to play John Leggott in the last 16 following a recent hard-fought win over local rivals Hartlepool Sixth Form, new head coach Gary Beck’s first game in charge. And Gary was delighted with the performance and discipline his charges showed as they dispatched the Scunthorpe outfit.

Gary said: “The backs performed particularly well on the day and were just too quick and strong for them. They moved the ball really well and simply outplayed the opposition.

“All the backs were fantastic and there were big performances by centre Andrew Lawson (18, from Sedgefield), scoring four of EDC’s 14 tries, and Lee Woods (18, from Houghton-le-Spring) who had a successful comeback chipping in with two tries of his own from the wing.

“Cameron Toole, 17, from Chester-le-Street, was also a key player throughout the match for us, setting up the majority of our tries.

“The whole team contributed to this fantastic display, lead expertly once again by team captain and number 8 Colin Coulson, 18, from Prudhoe.”

The performance was all the more impressive given that the majority of the team was made up of first year players, and Gary is sure the experience will stand them in good stead for the rest of the season and the next academic year.

“I wanted to give a good number of our first years a run out to start getting them prepared for the responsibility of leading the team next year as the second years graduate and move on.

“They didn’t let me down and I’m sure a number of them, who put in really strong performances, will feature in the quarter final.”

If the College gets past Coleg Menai, when they take them on in a home fixture next Wednesday, East Durham College will play the winners of Henley College Coventry and Birmingham Metropolitan College in the semis.