UCLan ease past rivals to maintain perfect start

By Christopher Stott


UCLan’s rugby league side comfortably beat varsity rivals Lancaster with a 42-6 victory in poor weather conditions.

UCLan went into the game at Lancaster as overwhelming favourites given the two sides contrasting results last week.

It was the visitors who crossed first, skipper Liam Thompson reacted first to Joe Gilpin’s kick play to ground by the posts. Joe Frobisher added the first of his 7 conversions – a 100% record for the day.

A period of penalties and errors from both sides ensued as the rain started to become heavier. Cameron Ladd made the most of good UCLan field position by grabbing the second try of the day.

Two quick scores from full back Alex Bates and half back Glynn Gill gave UCLan a commanding 24-0 lead after 25 minutes.

Lancaster did however register a score before half time, but nothing came of it as UCLan refused to let the opposition back into the game.

Three more tries came in the second half to kill the game. First from Adam Bewley, then Alex Bates scored his second after great work from Rob Marsh before Jake Melling notched up his sixth of the campaign with another long range finish to take the score to 42-6.

UCLan have now racked up 102 points in their opening two matches conceding just the 12. The signs are good, but by the sides own admission, there is plenty to work on in the coming weeks.

UCLan scorers:
TRIES: Thompson, Ladd, Bates (2), Gill, Bewley, Melling.
CONVERSIONS: Frobisher 7/7

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