Rowing: Manchester students take Temple by storm to oust Dutch holders

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They trailed until after halfway, where they raised their stroke rate and took control, winning by a length and a half. Cornell, Oxford Brookes, Trinity College Hartford US, the University of California, Yale and Glasgow University all won their races. Yale beat Nottingham University, whose No 4, Christopher Thomas, won a heat of the Diamond Sculls earlier in the day.

The University of the West of England, who removed London University on Wednesday, beat Colby College of the US.

The GB coxless pair, Kieran and Josh West, are on course for a semi-final tomorrow against the Olympic bronze medallists Ramon Di Clemente and Donovan Cech in the Goblets. Both crews had an easy ride, as did the selections in the top half of the draw, where the Canadians Scott Frandsen and Barney Williams head for a semi-final against the Danish lightweights Bo Helleberg and Thomas Ebert.

There was an umpire's nightmare in the Wyfold for coxless fours when Worcester RC were warned for a clash with Star early in the race. The crews separated and continued, with the culprit trailing. But Worcester then went through and won comfortably, whereupon Star appealed and Worcester were disqualified.

The Princess Elizabeth for schools eights provided a close race. Shrewsbury drew level with leaders Hampton after three-quarters of a mile and then took a half-length lead. Hampton came back only to lose by three feet at the line.