After coming so close earlier in the month to winning their first silverware of the season in the Bucs Northern Conference Cup Final, UMRLFC travel to Nottingham University this Saturday with even more determination to win a trophy.
Manchester go into the BUCS Trophy 9’s National Finals on Saturday full of confidence, having brushed aside all competition during the North West Finals stage last month, going unbeaten on the day to be crowned Regional Champions.
With the top two sides from each region making it to the National Finals, Manchester will be facing competition from the best teams around the country.
The task at hand is set to be a much tougher challenge for UoM, something Coach Nick Holt is looking forward to.
“The competition this year has been great and has afforded extra playing opportunities for lads that are new to the game, those that hadn’t quite made the BUCs Wednesday squad or those that were in need of some game time.
“Last year we were probably crying out for a format which allowed for players to find their feet a little with the game as well as having an opportunity to play more socially and 9s has proved vital to player retention for the club.
“The guys that have been playing in the 9’s competitions have exceeded our expectations and its fantastic to see them feature in the National Finals against some of the best Rugby League playing Universities in the country.
“Whatever the outcome on Saturday, the guys have done really well to be crowned Regional Champions and there is no reason why they aren’t in with a shout of becoming National Champs this Saturday.”
With this being the club’s final competitive match before the Easter break and good weather forecast for Saturday, the event looks set to provide some entertaining 9’s Rugby League.
Manchester have been drawn in Pool 1 and will face, Northumbria University, University of Nottingham, University of Bath whilst Pool 2 is comprised of Leeds Beckett, St Mary’s University (London), University of Liverpool and Nottingham Trent University.
The top two teams from each pool will progress into the Semi Final’s whilst 3rd and 4th placed teams play off against 3rd and 4th place from the opposite pool.
UMRLFC 9’s will be doing all they can to bring the National Trophy on the bus back to Manchester!