NUI Galway men with the Maughan Scally Intervarsity Cup
Oct 31 2014 Posted: 11:43 GMT

NUI Galway Rugby completed a historic double over the other Irish universities to retain both women's and men's Kay Bowen and Maughan-Scally intervarsity trophies at last weekend's Irish Universities Rugby Union (IURU) Festival of Rugby in Dublin.

The Kay Bowen Cup drew some of Ireland's most prestigious universities to Belfield, with Trinity, NUIM, Queen's University Belfast, UCC and NUI Galway joining hosts UCD to compete for the title.

NUI Galway claimed the trophy for the second year running with wins over Trinity (33-0) and Queen's (29-0) in the pool stages, and UCC (24-5) in the final.

In two years' competition, NUI Galway's women have posted more than 100 points and, through to the 18th minute of last weekend's final, their tryline remained uncrossed.

At the same time as the women's side were securing a second successive intervarsity title, the men's squad contested a hard-fought final with UCD. The Galway men were also looking to become the first university to win the Maughan-Scally Cup three years in a row.

A memorable day for NUI Galway concluded with the presentation of trophies to women's captain Rhona Julian and men's captain Luke Murphy, before both cups made the now-familiar journey west for another year.

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