13th October 2017, 15:21 | university

Northumbria continue their strong start

Northumbria continue their strong start

By Dan Richardson

University round-up | Premier North

Defending BUCS Championship champions Northumbria are looking strong in the early stages of the new season.

This week, they earned a solid 56-12 away win against Nottingham in the Premier North to retain the top spot.

The home side did manage to score twice, tries coming from James Frankenberger and Joe Andrews, with both being converted by Gareth Whitfield.

However, it was Northumbria who stole the show as they ran in nine tries with Dan Coates converting eight of those nine.

Both Joe Capless and Alex Young got two each, while the remainder of the tries were scored by Joe Fish, Jed Charlton, Alex Clegg, Fergus Chapman and Tony Williams.

Northumbria Head Coach Jason Payne was pleased with his side's performance and suggested that there is still more to come after stating: "we are still a very new team and it’s always going to take time to gel."

The only disappointing aspect from the away side was the two tries conceded but Payne added: "It was a solid first half performance, but unfortunately we dropped off in the second half.

"Credit to Nottingham, they never gave up and scored a couple of nice tries."

Despite the heavy defeat, Nottingham captain Adam Simm was also happy with his team's performance and believes they have improved from last week.

Simm said: "I'm very happy with the effort level from our players and we're excited for the challenges that the rest of the season is sure to bring."

Northumbria's Man of the Match was Sam Blake while Eddy Daly earned the plaudits from his Nottingham teammates.

Elsewhere in the Premier North, a close match between Leeds University and Newcastle saw the home team snatch the victory with a 26-20 win.

Leeds scored five tries through five different scorers, while Newcastle's Matt Hogg scored a hat-trick for his side, with Sam Norris crossing for Newcastle's only other try.

The scorers for Leeds were Fintan Grogan, Harry Aaronson, Ben Stevens, Geraint Lawrence and Oliver Cottom.

Three tries were converted by Harry Aaronson who scored a total of 10 points for the home team, while Ben Stevens was awarded Man of the Match and Jason Bass was given Newcastle's Man of the Match for his assists during the game.

The final game played in the Premier North this week was between Hull and Leeds Beckett, with Leeds Beckett coming away with a 32-8 win.

This match saw another hat-trick hero, as Soin Jones crossed three times as Jake Seymour scored twice and Jack Lazenby got the remaining try. Sam Druce had a 100% conversion rate after kicking six from six.

The one Hull try came from Jacob Phillips with Harry Tyson kicking the goals. The away side gave the man of the match to their hooker, Davies, for his “energy and enthusiasm” said Leeds’ Paul Fletcher.