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CURFC on verge of title glory

Cardiff University Rugby are on the verge of their first league title since 2011 after a 24-0 win over Bristol last Wednesday.

Alun Wyn Davies’ side again conquered tricky conditions at a wet and windy Llanrumney to move within touching distance of the BUCS South A crown.

Tom Bell opened the scoring from a driving line-out early on, before the forwards again came into their own to allow No.8 Chris Williams to power over from a scrum.

A pick-and-go from Jordan Viggers gave them breathing space before scrum-half Dan Brooks broke clear from a scrum to secure the all-important bonus point try.

The result means they are five points clear of second placed Hartbury with just one fixture remaining at local rivals USW this Wednesday.

After just missing out on the crown to Bristol last year, Director of Rugby Davies has spoken of his pride at the achievements of his side.

“It puts us right in the driving seat,” Davies said after their latest impressive triumph.

“It does go down to next week, but mathematically it looks almost impossible for us to be caught after the Swansea v Hartpury game was called off.

“I know what the guys are like, they’ll want to go into next week and beat USW anyway to finish it off in style and ensure we go into the play-offs the right way.

“I was really pleased with the guys. It was quite a professional performance. Tactically and technically the boys were spot on the first 40 minutes, and I felt we were pretty dominant in all aspects of the game really.

“For the second week running the conditions were tough, but credit to the boys for dealing with those conditions so well again.

“The guys had the bit between their teeth this season after losing out narrowly last year.

“The weather wasn’t our friend last season, and we had to play five games in two weeks just to get the fixtures done by the cut-off date.

“That date is next Wednesday this year, so it was imperative that we played against Bristol and credit to the ground staff at Llanrumney for allowing that to happen.

“The grit that the guys showed, especially defensively, was a proud moment for me as a coach because you could see how enthusiastic they are about every aspect of the game.

“We’re winning ugly at the moment and that’s a sign of a good team, so it’s got to mean something.

“I’m massively proud of them as a group, it’s been great to coach them and I hope we can continue to achieve great things here.

“We go into the play-offs now, and winning the league next week will give us a better play-off run.”

There is a real chance of an unlikely double for Cardiff University RFC, with the 2nd XV sitting top of the Western 1A with three fixtures remaining.

And Davies believes their results along with the creation of a genuine squad depth has been one of the unheralded success stories of their campaign.

He stated: “There were a few targets we set at the start of the season which have perhaps gone under the radar.

“We put a lot of value on the second team this year. The first and second teams train together as our senior group, and they’re sitting top of the table as well.

“Getting promotion for our second team was a big goal, and at the moment we’re on course to achieve that.

“That would underpin us in the league structure, and if I’m honest their performances have given us a lot of headaches.

“The boys in the 2nds are really pushing the first team boys now, and that was shown this week with a lot of movement in terms of selection.

“A few boys were promoted into the first team to give them an opportunity they deserve because of playing well.

“It was always my ambition to create a performance group and a situation where everybody is pushing for places and nobody is safe.

“I feel like we’ve done that this season, and I’m proud of everyone in that first team group for the results we’ve seen in the 1sts and 2nds.”

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