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Stirling cap off successful season with BUCS promotion

by Aidan Donaghy

Stirling University RFC have secured promotion to BUCS North B, capping off a terrific season for the club.

After a fantastic 31-10 win over the University of Leicester, coupled with Sheffield University also getting the better of the men from the Midlands, meant that the men in green earned promotion with one game to play.

James Couper got two of the four tries against Leicester, while Jacob Adamson and Robbie Whelan also got on the scoresheet at Bridgehaugh.

Reflecting on the season so far, head coach Thomas Davidson said: “The season has been incredible so far with both 1st XV and 2nd XV winning their respective leagues.

“For the 1st XV to then go and win so comfortably against Leicester in their first promotion play off is a true testament to each individual involved with the club and the incredible work that goes on, both on and off the field.

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James Couper makes a break against Leicester. Credit: Bryan Robertson

As for next season, the main aim for the club is to keep progressing in the North B league for the 1st XV. Speaking following the result against Leicester, captain James Couper said: “What illustrates this fantastic season is the sheer commitment and determination of a close group of boys.

“It hasn’t been a season defined by those who hold titled roles, but a season defined by everyone involved in the club. There has been a lot of work done off the field and to see the team flourish on the pitch is a testament to this hard work.

“To captain a side in such a big moment for the club is a huge honour and winning promotion is the perfect ending to an immense season.”

The season has not come without its challenges, however, having been beaten by the University of St. Andrews, and twice by the University of Dundee. Club president Matthew Clark acknowledged the effort of his team.

“This has been a fantastic season for the club. Both teams have stepped up to the challenges the season presented. The 2nd XV winning Division 3A with 18 debutants and the 1st XV winning 1A shows the depth created in the club.

“[The result against Leicester] epitomised what Stirling University rugby is about. Despite being down at half time, coming out and scoring four unanswered tries shows the bounce back ability the boys have and a culture where they want to play for each other, the coach and the jersey. I’m extremely lucky to be a part of it.”

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Billy Dineen carries the ball. Credit: Bryan Robertson

What has been an incredible season for Stirling University RFC has seen them win 11 out of 14 games so far. With many highlights throughout, including their monster wins over Edinburgh Napier and the University of Aberdeen, not to mention their extra-time win against the University of Liverpool back in October, a final win would round off what has been a great season for the team.

The concluding play-off game for Stirling is away to the University of Sheffield on May 9 at 2pm.

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