Talented students from Leeds Beckett University are celebrating after beating their city rivals in a grandstand finish in the Leeds Varsity sports games.
Leeds Beckett scooped an 11th Varsity title after a 27-13 victory over Leeds University in front of 14,000 spectators in the Rugby Union final yesterday (Wednesday).
The rugby match, at Headlingley Carnegie Stadium, pulled in a larger crowd than the Namibia and Georgia Rugby World Cup clash, which took place at the same time.
Rob Wadsworth, head of sport at the Leeds University, said: “Going into the rugby final the results were too close to call and the boys went on the field with everything to play for in front of a deafening crowd at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
“Despite a valiant effort by the team Leeds Beckett took the lead and the University couldn’t catch up.”
A total of around 1,400 competitors went head-to-head in more than 50 fixtures across the city including football, athletics, cricket and swimming matches at the annual one-day event.
Leeds Beckett won the overall games 30.5–27.5.
Due to bad weather, some fixtures including the golf matches, had to be cancelled and the points were shared.
Organisers were also raising money for charities Marie Curie Cancer Care and Newlife during the games.