Leeds Trinity University have held a charity rugby match in memory of student whose life was cut short through illness.
Matthew Huggett, 21, studied sports journalism at the university and was diagnosed with Metastatic Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, which he battled with for six months before he died in December 2013.
Today Yanbury Rugby Club hosted the annual Matthew Huggett Memorial Cup, which saw a ‘Clash of the Codes’ match take place in his memory.
Matthew’s father, Steve told Yorkshire Voice: “He would absolutely love it because he was fanatic about sport.
“Rugby was his 100% passion, any rugby match anywhere he’d be watching.”
His personal tutor at the university, Dean Naidoo added: “We spent many hours talking rugby, He wanted to become a rugby correspondent on the nationals.
“I just knew, with that kind of passion for the sport, he was good enough to one day achieve his ambitions.”
The match saw the university’s Rugby Union and Rugby League teams go head-to-head. The money raised from the match is going in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.
In a fiercely contested match it was the League side that triumphed, sending the Union team to a heavy 44-14 defeat after a dominant second half performance.
The first half was played under Union rules but the university’s League team scored the first try of the match.
Union hit back with two converted tries of their own to lead 14-5 but League scored again two minutes before half-time to reduce their deficit to 14-10.
Under League rules in the second half it was one-way traffic as the League side asserted their authority scoring 34 points without reply to lift the Matthew Huggett Memorial Cup.