The men’s rugby 2XV side were comfortably defeated at Stoughton Road Playing Fields yesterday in their Varsity 2019 match against University of Leicester.

UOL ran in ten tries in a fairly one-sided game but DMU did have several decent passages of play towards the end of the match.

The hosts UOL dominated the early chances and ran in two tries in the first ten minutes. Jesil Lavine-Boateng crossed after a dominant rolling maul before Barnaby Dingemans scored in the corner.

Kwaku Antwi brought the lead out to 19 points after a lovely wraparound involving his centre partner.

Unfortunately for DMU there was no let up from their foes as a Nat Chadwick brace left them with a mountain to climb.

The game was beyond a contest when Hayden Revell dinked a kick over the flat defence before scoring and allow his side to lead 36-0 at the break.

UOL picked up where they left off in the first half with a second try from captain, Dingemans. The DMU maul disintegrated allowing the openside flanker to round off an easy try for the home side.

Ahmed Aminu scored the eighth try before DMU managed to put together a few good phases of play midway through the second half. The forwards stepped up and the back row of Downie, Bond and Field carried hard.

They were unable to convert this pressure and Aminu added a breakaway ninth try.

Ten minutes from the end, DMU opened their account through Will Volpe. The replacement winger intercepted a pass and had an easy run to the line. Playing well, DMU scored a second try through another replacement, Adam Pink. The ball was worked nicely from right to left with the inside centre crossing in the corner.

It was UOL who had the last laugh with their tenth and final score on the whistle with the game finishing 58-10.

Photography by Kirsty Blackwell