Leeds Met produced a dominating first half performance to crush Loughborough 38-18 in the Men’s Rugby League Championship Final. “We started off really slow, we allowed them to go through the middle but as soon as we sorted ourselves out and sorted our game plan we managed to get a few tries back to back and that’s what won us the game” said SuperGrad Player of the Final Alistair Leak, “I think we’ve got the best coaching staff behind us and that attracts good freshers who want to come to Leeds Met to play Rugby League.”

Leeds got off to a steamrolling start, scoring a converted try in the second minute, before Jack Howdell clawed Loughborough back into at 6-6.

This would prove to be the only score for the Midlands outfit as Leeds Met went on a dominating rampage, with tries from Love and Chandler – with a penalty try sandwiched in-between – to send them in at half time 28-6 up.

The second half started in worrying circumstances as Leeds Met’s Chris Bowler was stretchered off after suffering a compound break of the tibia and fibula, causing a 15 minute stoppage in play whilst he received treatment.

The break seemed to help Loughborough more as they began to fight back, scoring a converted try of their own to make it 28-12, before a superb piece of individual brilliance from Loughborough’s Hughes got them within touching distance.

The Loughborough player picked the ball up deep in his own defensive territory, advancing on an unstoppable run to beat half the Leeds Met team and go over in an incredible 80 yard dash.

“My job’s really just to tell people what to do and tell them off around the field, so I must have done alright” says Leak, “I’m playing Semi-Pro at the moment so I want to try and carry that on. I would definitely advise people to give rugby league a go at university, at Leeds Met we probably have the closest team and we have a lot of fun.” And you could tell. Any hopes of a remarkable comeback from Loughborough were soon quashed, as Leeds Met scored two tries of their own in the final few minutes to seal the Championship, their 8th successive triumph at the finals.

 Interview by Tom Crabb – @Tom_Crabb
Photo by Alex Crane