- BUCS Super Rugby returns for second half of season
- The national finals will be held on 11 April at Twickenham
As students across the country settle in for their second term, the top university rugby players are turning their attention to a potential trip to Twickenham.
In 12 weeks the top two university sides will meet at Twickenham with one being crowned BUCS Super Rugby champions in the second year of the re-structured competition.
As round 12 kicks off, we take a look at what lies ahead for the nine teams.
Hartpury's hopes fading
Hartpury College's 27-24 win at Twickenham last year capped off a remarkable campaign for the Gloucestershire side but so far this season Hartpury have struggled to replicate that form.
Six losses from their opening nine games sees them sit in seventh spot in the table, not familiar territory for a side that have been a consistent presence in national finals in recent years.
They will travel to Cardiff Met on Wednesday, 24 January hoping to re-ignite their season against a Welsh side who look in prime position to book themselves a place at Twickenham.
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- @LeedsBeckettRFC VS @NTURugbyUnion ()
- @ExeterUniRFC VS @DURFC
- @UOBathRugby VS @cardiffmetrfc
- @LboroRugby VS @tnrugbyunion
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Exeter aim for three from three
Twickenham has become something of a second home for Exeter over the last few years. Beaten finalists in last year's inaugural Super Rugby final and BUCS champions in 2016, the university look likely to return once again this year.
They sit in top spot going into the second half of the season despite losing their final game of 2017 away to Northumbria.
Exeter seem to have put that defeat behind them, overcoming Durham 31-21 in their first match of 2018 and with 10 wins from 12 matches they will be confident of going one step further this year.
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Northumbria, Leeds Beckett and Cardiff Met all struggled last year but it has been a different story this season.
The three sides occupy the chasing spots in the table behind Exeter and have given themselves a good chance of securing a crucial spot in the top four come the end of round 18.