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Cardiff Met Women's Rugby team

​Cardiff Met's ladies' sports teams have enjoyed a record week of clinching championship titles.

Cardiff Met's women's rugby team, women's football team and women's cricket team have all received top accolades, starting last Friday with university's women's rugby team triumphing at Twickenham, the home of English rugby, with a 47-0 victory over Leeds Metropolitan University to bring home the BUCS, the British Universities and Colleges Sport body's championship trophy

The win followed their elimination of Exeter University by 50-7 in the semi –final; which went someway to ease last year's narrow 17-15 defeat to Exeter.

Performance Director Alan Sheppard said: "I was asked to come back and get involved with Cardiff Met Women's rugby three years ago and I suggested a three-year plan to get the team back to where they belong. The squad has since grown from 17 to up to 60 girls and we are able to put out two quality teams, ranging from girls who had never picked up a ball before becoming involved with several international stars on the same team.

"We consciously created a culture that was inclusive of all abilities and are thrilled that this has paid off. Unfortunately, our second team lost to Edinburgh's first team by 17-10 on Wednesday, but the majority of that team were Freshers and I'm confident they will become the backbone of our first team.

"The first team were so disappointed last year that they really fought to come back this year and have improved their fitness and training. I asked them to perform and deliver, and that's exactly what they did. From player 1 to 22, every sub went on and had an input to the overall cup, which was presented to them by John Inverdale."

Cardiff Met's Kay Wilson, an England international, was named player of the match and scored five of Cardiff Met's tries. She said: "It was a great BUCS final. We knew it was going to be a tough year and we all worked really hard to make sure what happened last year didn't happen again this year. All the girls and coaching staff at Cardiff Met really put the effort in. We wanted to play a wide game and with Twickenham being such a huge stadium, it allowed us to excel. It was a really fun game and to win with such a great bunch of girls made it more special."

Team captain Megan Oaten said: "We had a really good season despite teams scoring against us in the league matches where as last year we didn't have anyone score against us until the final, which we didn't win.

"The league has become harder and teams more competitive, which meant

we didn't lose our heads in the harder semi and final games. Playing Twickenham is always a great experience and an honour, but the win is a real credit to such a great bunch of girls."

The Women's Football team were in their second final of the week when they met Llanidloes in Port Talbot for the first ever Welsh Premier Women's League Cup Final. Having taken the BUCS Championship title home with a 1-0 score over University of Hertfordshire earlier in the week, they matched their score against Llanidloes, putting them in a great position ahead of Sunday's Welsh Cup Final against Swansea City Ladies

Sophie Ingle, a Wales star, semi-professional player for Bristol and Cardiff Met's women's football captain, said: "The BUCS Cup obviously means a lot to everyone and the girls really worked hard towards this year's final to get to the same position as we were in the league last year. We're a strong, close team and this really paid off."

Team coach, Dr Kerry Harris said: "It was great to keep the BUCS title for the second year running as before last year, 2008 had been the last time we won it. The girls have had a good season and we knew the final wasn't going to be an easy game, but the girls really delivered."

Cardiff Met's Indoor Cricket Women pipped Exeter University to the post in the BUCS semi-final by 97-95 all out and went on to play Loughborough University in the final on the same day, with Loughborough batting first for 117 runs and Cardiff Met hitting a 6 on the last ball of the day to take the title by 119-117.

Team coach Sam Bracey said: "It was a brilliant final. The Cardiff Met team really pulled it back and bowled really well against an experienced Loughborough side, needing 17 runs off the last over. Our team was made up of some players from last year, as well as some playing for the first time. We were also missing a couple of girls for the final, including captain Laura Crofts, so the team did really well to overcome that. We are now building a really solid reputation as a real quality side, with winning last year as well as this year."