South West Universities accounted for South East Universities 52-16 in Sunday’s Student Representative game writes Chris Chatten.
South West, who included no less than 14 players from the University of Gloucestershire, led 30-6 at half-time.
The South West didn’t have it all their own way after Craig Winfield went over early on converted by Joe Glover. It was a tight opening quarter but second row Connor Jones managed to find a gap out wide, converted by halfback Ben Stead. Connor Jones almost got a second try after a good break by loose forward Danny Fallon but was taken out with a last ditch tackle a few metres from the line.
Then the South West upped the tempo with two quick fire Kislingbury tries, Kislingbury almost added a third before half time but was disallowed for a forward pass. Soon after fleet footed Tom Slater from University of Exeter went in for a try out wide, before Callum Bradbury went over from close range just before the half-time hooter, Ben Stead converting all tries.
After the break the points kept coming from the South West, Kislingbury went over for his hat-trick try, then Tom Slater added his second try which was a carbon copy of his first-half effort. Frankie Foster’s try in the last quarter brought the score to 48-6, with Stead kicking every conversion up to this point.
The South East restored some pride with centre Callum Pettigrove going over for an unconverted try to bring the score to 48-10, then wing Simon Hirbek went over for the South East’s final try of the game, Joe Glover adding an
impressive touchline conversion.
Frankie Foster finished the scoring off with a try which Ben Stead failed to convert to maintain his 100% record, but kicked an impressive eight from nine. Man of the match for the South West, captain Danny Fallon, didn’t get on the score sheet but created many attacking opportunities for teammates.