Posted 30th Nov 2023

VIDEO: Iwan Coyle’s first-half double sets University of Bath on their way to five-try BUCS Super Rugby home win over Cardiff

The University of Bath men’s 1st XV started their run of three successive BUCS Super Rugby home matches at the Team Bath Sports Training Village with a 27-7 victory against Cardiff.

It was an instant return to winning ways for the Bath Building Society-sponsored hosts following last week’s battling defeat at table-topping Exeter.

Iwan Coyle scored two first-half tries for the University of Bath in their win over Cardiff.
Iwan Coyle scored two first-half tries. PICTURES: Bob Bradford

Flanker Iwan Coyle warmed up proceedings on a cold and frosty evening by scoring two first-half tries, the second of which was converted by Raff Weston to give Bath a 12-0 lead at the interval.

A rolling maul try from Jasper Spandler plus touchdowns from Ieuan Davies (pictured top) and replacement prop Scott Kirk ensured Bath secured the bonus point, with Cardiff being restricted to a converted try in reply.

Bath, who are also supported by Team Bath sponsors Rengen, are back at the Sports Training Village on the next two Wednesdays – against third-placed Durham on 6th December and second-placed Loughborough on 13th December. Both kick-off at 6.30pm and entry is free.

Watch the highlights here:

Jasper Spandler is congratulated by his University of Bath team-mates after his try against Cardiff
Jasper Spandler is congratulated by his Bath team-mates after his try
Scott Kirk on his way to scoring a try for the University of Bath men's 1st XV in their BUCS Super Rugby win against Cardiff.
Scott Kirk scored Bath’s final try of the evening

Match stats

University of Bath starting XV: 1 Archie Stanley, 2 Jasper Spandler, 3 Billy Sela, 4 Will Jeanes, 5 Mackenzie Graham, 6 Jack Bennett, 7 Iwan Coyle, 8 Ted Johnson; 9 Ieuan Davies, 10 Raff Weston, 11 Oli Sedgwick, 12 Will Roue, 13 Ludo Kolade (cc), 14 James Short, 15 Iwan Price-Thomas. Replacements: 16 Max Pearce, 17 Scott Kirk, 18 Alfie Griffin, 19 Max Mayor, 20 Josh Dingley, 21 Tom Cowan (cc), 22 Elis Horgan, 23 Alex Clayton.

Tries: Coyle (2), Spandler, Davies, Kirk.
Conversion: Weston.

Cardiff starting XV: 1 Theo Bevacqua (c), 2 Toby Peach, 3 Adam Williams, 4 Tom Caple, 5 George Shaw, 6 James Roberts, 7 Gwylim Evans, 8 Ollie Stirling; 9 George MacDonald, 10 George Finney, 11 Fin Brown, 12 Tom Kilmartin, 13 Mason Archer, 14 Eddy Anya, 15 Felix Gilbert. Replacements: 16 Archie Callaghan, 17 Cai Ifans, 18 Alfie Goater, 19 Alex Salah, 20 Owen Popple, 21 Aled Rees, 22 Harrison James, 23 Jack Thomas.

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