Bath missed the chance to clinch their first win of the BUCS Super Rugby season as they were beaten by Loughborough at the Rec.
The hosts, who were celebrating their anniversary, fell to their fourth defeat of the campaign as Loughborough came away from Bath with a comfortable second win of the campaign.
With Exeter not in action this week, Northumbria went to the top of the BUCS Super Rugby table thanks to a convincing win over newly promoted Nottingham Trent while Cardiff Met stunned champions Hartpury and Durham inflicted a first defeat on Leeds Beckett.
In the Women's top leagues, holders Edinburgh were rampant once again while Hartpury defeated Cardiff Met in the south.
A full round-up of BUCS action is below:
Bath 12-27 Loughborough (Featured game)
Loughborough University recorded their second win of the season after a solid display against Bath at the Rec.
This BUCS Super Rugby game marked the anniversary of Bath University Rugby and also both sides paid tribute to former Bath player and Chairman George Stephenson who sadly passed away last month.
Owen Waters kicked two early penalties for Loughborough before Bath went ahead through a Jack Davies try.
However, the visitors hit back to lead 20-5 when they went over from close range and that was swiftly followed by a Jack Moates score.
Bath kept themselves in the contest just before the break as Davies grabbed his second, but Loughborough seized control in the second period when Waters crossed, which ultimately sealed victory.
The first period saw a battle for supremacy as both sides tried to get the ball in hand in difficult conditions, with Loughborough’s Musa Yusuff impressing.
Loughborough, who had a first half to forget last week against Northumbria, got themselves on the board with Waters’ two kicks, but it was the hosts who scored the first try of the evening.
Bath No.8 Davies ran in the opening score from close range after two kicks to the corner from Will Flinn, but the momentum then swung in Loughborough’s favour when they scored two tries in 10 minutes with Moates diving into the corner for the second.
Bath winger Jack London then produced the brightest moment of the half for the home side with a dazzling run and after numerous penalties that follow his initial break, the Blue and Gold thought they had their second try through Craig Duncan, but referee Matt Turvey ruled it out for a knock-on.
However, Bath kept pressing and a yellow card to Loughborough captain Ollie Adams allowed Davies to double his personal tally and help Aaron James’ men stay in this contest heading into the break.
The second half began similarly to the first as both sides produced errors, but Bath were still very much in the game.
They were gaining territory via kicks to the corner, but crucially for Loughborough, Bath just weren’t taking advantage.
And after a series of near misses they were punished when Waters scampered over for the visitors to stretch their lead just before the hour.
Loughborough’s defensive work was rewarded and the away side were quite happy to slow the game down as they cruised to their second victory of the campaign.
Northumbria 32-7 Nottingham Trent
Northumbria thrased newly promoted Nottingham Trent to move to the top of BUCS Super Rugby.
With Exeter not in action this week, the northeast side made it three wins from a possible four to reach the summit.
The hosts shone in the first period as Mikey Newstead, Jake Rodgers, Josh Bragman and Henry Mawhood all went over to give them a 32-0 lead.
Trent's Rob Waldron crossed in a cagey second half, but Northumbria had done enough in the first half to seal victory.