RUGBY: Regional College win a cup thriller

The Peterborough Regional College pack.

The Peterborough Regional College pack.

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Peterborough Regional College won a British Colleges Cup thriller this week when beating arch rivals Oaklands College 22-8 in a second round tie.

In a tough, physical encounter, it was the visitors from St Albans who held the upperhand early on and they pinned Peterborough in their own half.

But great defence kept them at bay and the home side finally broke away to slot a penalty and that was quickly followed by a superb solo try from full-back Tom Winch.

That put Oaklands on the back foot and confidence grew within the PRC squad. They started to work the fringes with great effect and were gaining positive yardage with every phase.

Their pressure was rewarded when prop forward Tanaka Kanhukamwe broke free from the Oaklands 10m line to go in under the posts.

The half was completed with three points from Oaklands.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first and PRC found themselves defending in their own half for long spells.

That was until scrum-half Frasier Leiper sniped through a hole left at a ruck just inside the Oaklands half for another try under the posts.

Oaklands came back with a try of their own but it was too little too late as PRC were already marching into the third round.

Coach Lewis Capes said: “The boys did extremely well and dealt with a lot of provocation. They showed they can play against one of the best teams in our region.”