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Loan watch: Batley impresses for Tigers, battling Dings beaten

Four Bristol Bears players were in loan action over the weekend, with Joe Batley featuring for Leicester Tigers and George Kloska, James Dun and Blake Boyland in action for Dings Crusaders.


Gallagher Premiership - Saracens 24-13 Leicester Tigers

Joe Batley started in the second row for Leicester Tigers, but two late Saracens tries saw them take victory at Allianz Park.

Alex Lewington went over after a quarter-hour before adding a second ten minutes from time to seal the win.

Lewington ran a perfect line to take advantage of some quick hands for Saracensโ€™ first, with two Tom Hardwick penalties keeping Leicester in it at 7-6 at the break.

Tigers took the lead in the second half with a brilliant Ben White try, but a Manu Vunipola penalty and Telusa Veainuโ€™s yellow card meant it was game on going into the final quarter.

It was then that Saracens stepped it up, Dom Morris going over from short range before Lewington stepped the returning Veainu to secure the win.


Photos and report via John White Media.

National Two South - Taunton Titans 29-22 Dings Crusaders

James Dun, George Kloska and Blake Boyland were in action, as Dings gave promotion candidates Taunton an almighty scare at Towergate Stadium.

Taunton came flying out of the blocks and got their noses in front after a multi-phase attack was finished off by centre Nick Mason.

The visitors were back on level terms after wing Brad Doggett powered past his marker and cantered in under the posts for a try converted by fly-half Steve Plummer.

Crusaders extended their lead shortly after when a sweeping move was finished off in the corner by wing Tom Hargan.

The hosts crossed early in the second half, and Mason bagged his second try to give his side a 19-12 lead on the hour.

But Crusaders refused to lie down and hit back with an unconverted try from hooker George Kloska, who was driven over from a line-out.

And Dings really put the cat among the pigeons when Hargan rounded his marker from distance and scorched in for his second unconverted try to make it 22-19.

The home side probed for a way through, but the excellent Dings defence stood firm. That was until the visitors conceded a penalty on halfway for off-side and the Titans took full advantage by kicking deep into Dingsโ€™ territory and building pressure. Eventually, powerhouse replacement back-rower Sam Prior barrelled over from close range, giving Kingdom the simplest of conversions to make it 24-22.

Taunton, however, did finish in the ascendency and wrapped things up with a penalty from Kingdom from straight in front in the final act of the game.

George Kloska in action for Dings (John White Media).

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