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Durham secure double triumph; Rugby Union.

DURHAM University are the undisputed champions of student rugby once more, claiming a league and cup double in style at Twickenham.

The Palatinates defeated Cardiff Metropolitan University 26-17 yesterday in a wellcontested British University and College Sports Cup final, a repeat of their 2011 success against the same institution.

The Twickenham victory is in addition to a third consecutive BUCS Premier North league title, having gone unbeaten in the competition for the past three seasons.

Indeed, Durham are yet to lose a single match in any form of student action this season, director of rugby Alex Keay's remarkable tenure continuing to go from strength to strength.

Under his tutelage the Palatinates have lost just one competitive game in three years - last year's Twickenham final against Hartpury - but the former Manchester and Moseley coach was adamant there would be no repeat this year.

The match was an apt way for departing captain Josh Beaumont to bow out, with the second-row forward celebrating his 21st birthday in fitting fashion.

Already having represented Sale Sharks in the Heineken Cup, the England Students skipper had to limp out of yesterday's final early but played a full part in celebrations which went on long into the night.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 25, 2013
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