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Loan watch: Bailey scores in Hartpury win

Sam Jeffries, Alex Groves and Deago Bailey all featured for Hartpury in their narrow defeat at Nottingham at Lady Bay on Friday night.

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Photos and report via LNC Images and Hartpury College.

GKIPA Championship - Hartpury 18-7 Coventry

Hartpury continued their very encouraging start to the new season with a hard-fought but deserved victory over Coventry, with Bears quartet Mitch Eadie, Sam Jeffries, Alex Groves and Deago Bailey all starring.

Bailey powered over for Hartpury's second try of the night, while Eadie was named man of the match in Pury's second win of the GKIPA Championship season.

Head Coach, Mark Cornwell, said: “What a performance from the boys. I didn’t think we would top our display against Pirates, but I was wrong.”

“We didn’t get the bonus-point, which we probably should have based on the first half, but the hunger, the desire and the organisation to just get off the line and hit people was immense.”

“Coventry played some very good rugby.  They were direct and physical, but the boys just said ‘you’re not coming through’ and, as a coach, you can’t ask for more.”

“It’s not always easy to find, but they’ve got a fantastic team spirit. After a couple of seasons of watching the team mistaking mistakes and conceding some soft scores, it’s a joy to see a group of players who are putting into practice what we work on in training.”

“Now, we need to make sure that it continues.“

Mitch Eadie in action for Hartpury (LNC Images).

Rowson scores in narrow Dings defeat

National Two South
Dings Crusaders 33-35 Worthing Raiders

Academy centre, Harry Rowson was on the scoresheet for Dings in their narrow defeat to leaders Worthing at Shaftesbury Park.

Matty Jones and Ben Bamber also featured for Dings, who missed out on a third successive win.

Dings took an early lead when Rowson went over under the posts for Ben Bolster to add the extras. Matt McClean reduced the arrears with a ninth-minute penalty for Worthing, before Will Beer ran the length of the field to score and McClean converted.

A converted try by full-back Connor Slevin was followed by a second McClean penalty on the half hour, but three minutes later the Raiders centre was yellow carded.

Dings took advantage of the extra man when Josh Lloyd scored and Bolster converted to trail 20-14 at half-time. Dings quickly opened up a six-point lead as Lloyd scored again, before centre Tom Hargan crossed the line, Bolster adding the conversion.

McClean kept Worthing in touch with his third penalty, but Dings regained the ascendency with a converted try from Josh Wood. In the 59th minute, Henry Birch scored as Worthing drove over after a line-out, with McClean again converting, and it was the centre who crossed the line after 65 minutes to give the visitors the victory.

National One
Sale FC 53-28 Taunton Titans

Charlie Rice and Chay Mullins both started in Taunton Titans' heavy defeat at Sale in National One.

Rice powered over midway through the second half, but it was a mere consolation for the Titans, who had trailed just 24-21 at half time, before the hosts pulled away to seal a commanding win in the north west.

National Two South
Redruth 49-12 Clifton

Jac Lloyd featured off the bench as Clifton fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of unbeaten Redruth in Cornwall.

Redruth stormed into a 22-7 lead at half time before pulling further away after the break. Head Coach, Matt Salter, said: "We were poor today. In the first 20 minutes we made so many errors and we gave them so much.

"They are a quality side, they not only do the basics so well, they know their game plan and they executed it perfectly today. They didn't make any errors. We need to look at our basics; we've had a bang, it's a hard place to come and win but to come and not really fire a shot is disappointing. We win together, we lose together - we won't fragment or panic.

"We need to address this, which we will and then we will look at OA's next week. We can't dwell on this performance but we need to be so much better."


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