DURFC 3rd XV vs Glasgow University 1st XV
The 3rd XV faced Glasgow 1st XV on the crumb at Maiden Castle. After a tough defeat when playing away they knew they were in for a tough game. Durham started strongly pinning Glasgow deep in their half. Unfortunately, after a period of indiscipline, Durham found themselves defending their own line and consequently conceding a converted try against the run of play. This only spurred the team on and resulted in Ciaran Armstrong knocking over a well-deserved penalty. The pressure was kept on Glasgow’s defence and after some quick hands along the line the ball reached Alexander Alcock. After some great footwork he was able to break through the defence and then offload out of the tackle to Cam Coulson to finish off the try. Ciaran added the 2, giving Durham a 10-7 lead. Glasgow came back strong and scored another. Durham’s forward pack then started to turn the screw and dominate the Glasgow pack, winning multiple penalties off driving mauls. A rampant Durham maul from just inside the 22m line led to Toby Woods crashing over for another Durham score. The conversion just missed. Glasgow snatched a quick try before half time to go in 15-21 leaders. The second half did not start well for Durham conceding another try and penalty before they could respond. Some strong carries from Alexander Murphy and Durham’s driving mauls gave them the front-foot ball they needed. More great footwork from Alcock allowed him to dance his way through Glasgow’s defence and this time dot the ball down himself. The conversion went over. Mike Woollatt then showed his own great footwork to scythe through the defence to score another Durham try. Ciaran converted to make it 29-31 to Glasgow. After a late flourish from Durham the ball made its way over the try line only for it to be disallowed. This meant Glasgow had held out to win the game 29-31.