Cardiff Uni fall short in Varsity pre-run as Met stay in touch at the top

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Cardiff University RFC lost out to old rivals Swansea in the final week of BUCS Super Rugby action before the first week break at St Helen’s.

Coming into the game with confidence after a narrow home win over Hartpury the week before, the Black and Reds started well taking a 0-6 lead, but two quickfire Swansea tries gave them a 12-6 advantage at the break. A further try on the hour mark made the lead safe enough that even a Cardiff Uni penalty try could not impact proceedings, the scoreline finishing 17-13.

Meanwhile Cardiff Met RFC bounced back from a tough loss away at high flying Exeter the previous week to run out 32-20 winners against Leeds Beckett as winger Rhoma Zeng bagged a brace and Brad Roderick-Evans kicked 17 points to overturn a 13-17 half-time deficit at Cyncoed.

It leaves Met sitting fourth in the table on four points, a point back from Loughborough in third, while Uni are down in ninth on 11 points, but only behind Swansea and Leeds Beckett on points difference. The top eight will go into the Championship play-offs, while the side in 10th will go into the relegation play-off.

Next up after the week off both sides are at home with Uni hosting top-of-the-table Durham and Met facing mid-table Bath.

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