TRU Round 13 Wrap: Uni clinch Challenge Cup, Championship finalists locked in

Tue, Aug 15, 2023, 2:00 AM
TAS Rugby
by TAS Rugby

University’s three-year reign as women’s state champions may be over but the students managed a final word in collecting the inaugural TRU Challenge Cup last weekend.

Played as a friendly round-robin at Rugby Park with Taroona, Hobart Harlequins and Launceston also participating, Uni emerged victorious to cap a whirlwind 2023 that saw them finally relinquish their sevens series crown to Burnie Emus.

“That was the last weekend for a lot of our girls – it looks like we’re saying bye to at least four girls with overseas moves and a few of our seasoned players heading into the refereeing space,” vice-captain Emily Pregnell said.

“It was actually quite emotional and I know everyone put their heart and soul into this weekend.

“No-one showed up for a trophy or to prove anything – we showed up for each other and those games last weekend were probably our best team performances all year.”

Last games of the women's season this weekend! Our girls have had an amazing season and we look forward to going out with a bang in the final games at Rugby Park kicking off at 12. 🔴🔴Go Red🔴🔴

Posted by Tasmanian University Rugby Union Football Club on Friday, August 11, 2023

Meanwhile, Tasmania’s Championship division finalists have been decided after two high-scoring affairs in the state’s north.

Burnie racked up 22 tries to end Eastern Suburbs’ season at Emu Park while Launceston overran Taroona 66-22 at Royal Park to lock in their grand final berth.

Not to be outdone, Hobart Lions showed there’s life left in the Premiership division with a 34-21 upset of finals-bound Devonport while Glenorchy outgunned University 50-34 to bag their third win of the season.

Top-two contenders Taroona and Launceston also flexed their try-scoring muscles with Jordan Eddington crossing seven times for the Penguins against Hobart Harlequins before the Tigers mauled Burnie 70-7 on the road.

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