Day 2 of the BUCS championship is team day – individual university teams and then larger regional teams. With Richard and Tom unable to make the trip this year our team was light with only 4 people (5 man team).
Seeded after our bronze medal from last year we had a 3 team pool with Manchester and Warwick.
The match against Manchester was a chance to get our own back after being beaten at the Sheffield team tournament in February. Despite starting one win down, Dan and Jacek fought well to bring us to a 2 : 1 lead. Matt unfortunately was unable to get to grips with his lively opponent and we found ourselves level at 2:2. The final match was the third contest between Herac and Neil of the weekend – unfortunately despite a strong start from Herac to take a yuko lead, Neil managed to maneouvre Herac into a hold to win by ippon and Manchester won by 3 contests to 2.
Warwick were a strong team and took a win over Manchester before facing us for the final match of the pool. Dan started us well with another ippon hold down but the Warwick team got stronger as they progressed and they eventually won by 4 contests to 1.
So we were unable to get out of the pool this year – Warwick went on to take a Bronze medal, Manchester narrowly missed out on the other one, losing to Imperial college in the repechage final.
For the record, Bath won again and Edinburgh were second.