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20 March 2006 PR 06/29

Superb ‘Real’ Varsity match taken by Loughborough

Loughborough University beat University of Bath 19 -11 in front of a sell-out 3,000 crowd at the campus on Friday night (March 17).

It was their second consecutive victory since the inception of the annual ‘Real’ Varsity match between the country’s two leading university’s for sport, following last year’s 21-7 win at Bath Rugby Club’s Recreation Ground.

The victory was not only a triumph for a side which included eight England Students and England age group representatives, but also for the University’s rugby programme, which played under newly-installed £75,000 lights for the first time.

Loughborough were victorious again in ‘Real’ Varsity match

The result rarely looked in doubt after the home side had taken a grip on the game midway through the first half and only a try in the final minute of the game made the score line closer. Bath’s James Gibson and Loughborough’s Greg Collet traded penalties to level the scores at 6-6 after 17 minutes.

But the play of the game took the home side 13-6 up in the 21st minute – a lead they never looked like letting slip. Collet faked a drop goal but kicked the ball out wide where his wonderfully weighted punt fell into the arms of Mike Melford, who dived over the line for an outstanding try.

Collet’s third and fourth penalties of the night put Loughborough 19-6 up with five minutes left, before Bath crossed the line in the corner with the final play of the game.

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Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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