The semi-finals of this year’s University playoffs gave us some closely fought games, unless you come from North of the border, where Stirling proved once again that they are the real deal.
The Clansmen had no trouble at all dispatching the Imperial Immortals, the final score of 48-0 was everything they deserved and more. A truly dominant display from start to finish in all areas of the game.
Their opponents in the Championship final will be the Birmingham Lions, in what will be their sixth straight final, after overcoming the Hertfordshire Hurricanes in a game that was worthy of the Championship game. The Lions gained a slender 7-0 advantage at the midway point, and doubled that early in the second half. Herts were not going to lie down easy and got on themselves on the board with seven points of their own.
However, Birmingham were not to be denied and after scoring again, watched Herts return the ensuing kick off for a touchdown. The last TD of the game went to the Lions and even though they coughed the ball back up late on they held on to win 27-21.
In the Challenge Trophy, there wasn’t as much drama but the two games were played out in a very competitive manner. Swansea gained their passage to Leeds with a comfortable 31-8 win over Exeter, and the Royal Holloway Bears booked their place in the final with a 26-12 victory over Glasgow.
Championship Playoff Semi-Final Results
Stirling Clansmen 48-0 Imperial Immortals
Birmingham Lions 27-21 Hertfordshire Hurricanes
Challenge Trophy Semi-Final Results
Swansea Titans 31-8 Exeter Demons
RHUL Bears 26-12 Glasgow Tigers
Thanks to Gridiron TV for their interview coverage with Stirling Head Coach Robb Orr