TWICKENHAM has proved a happy hunting ground for the Beaumont rugby clan - and the success-story continues.
Fylde rugby legend Bill led his team to Grand Slam Glory there over three decades ago, and son Josh is certainly keeping up the tradition. Josh was in the Durham University side that claimed their their second British Universities & Colleges Cup victory in three years when they defeated Cardiff Metropolitan University 26-17 at a chilly Twickenham.
The victory was a special triumph for Josh, who has led the side to another unbeaten season and another BUCS Cup triumph before playing with Sale Sharks RFC takes over his rugby career.
Josh, who learned his rugby at Arnold Schooll and Fylde, said: “Winning two BUCS championships in three years is unbelievable, especially for the lads that have been in all three finals.
“At the start of the season we lost a lot of players and people started writing us off, but we knew we had a good team.
“We’ve worked really hard for each other throughout the year and it showed out there today like it did in the semi and quarter final matches. Now we’ve gone the season undefeated and are BUCS champions again.”
Josh, who is skipper of the England Students team, said: “When the ball is being spread around like it was today, rugby is a great game to be a part of and great to watch.
“I think in end the difference was that we played a bit more rugby and showed a bit more adventure in our play. We looked sharp when we had the ball and made plenty of metres but also we defended really well when we had to.”
A bright start by Durham was decorated with a fine solo try from full-back Simon Hammersley, prolific marksman Dave Treglown adding the conversion.
Cardiff replied when Guy Wood outpaced the Durham defence for an uncoverted try and also went close to increasing their lead with a couple of promising moves, but it was a Treglown penalty that made the score 10-5 at half time.
The second half began with an exchanged of penalties by Treglown and Matt O’Brien before Jack Pattinson crashed over for Durham’s second try, converted by Treglown.
Cardiff cut the deficit to 23-17 with a trio of O’Brien penalties, but Treglown nudged his side further ahead with his fifth successful kick to close the scoring.
Fylde back row forward Harrison Collins was also in the Durham team, coached by former Preston Grasshoppers’ chief Alex Keay.
Collins was commended by Beaumont for his excellent contribution to the triumph. Beaumont played some matches for Fylde this season, at times playing alongside his brother Sam.
He was doubly-registered with Fylde and Sale, but after the transfer deadline he could only be registered with one club and linked up exclusively with the Premiership side.