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Loan watch: Defeats for Dings and Hartpury

Four Bristol Bears players were in loan action over the weekend, as George Kloska, Blake Boyland, Sam Graham and Tyrese Johnson-Fisher all featured for Dings Crusaders, and Tiff Eden played for Hartpury.


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National Two South - Dings 22-12 Barnes

Dings Crusaders missed the opportunity to earn back-to-back wins in National Two South, as they slipped to a 22-12 defeat at Barnes.

George Kloska, Tyrese Johnson-Fisher, Sam Graham and Blake Boyland were all in action for Dings, who left Surrey empty-handed.

The home side opened the scoring on four minutes, when Jamie Collins finished off a patient build-up. Josh Hammett added the conversion. Four minutes later Dings responded. Playing from deep, the ball was swung wide to centre Matt Smith who sliced through the Barnes defence and fed wing Jordan Grattan to score an unconverted try in the corner.

Barnes were then awarded a penalty inside the Dings 22 directly in front of the post, but they turned down the kick at goal, instead opting for the scrum. Crusaders managed to repel the attack, but lost prop Liam Appleton to the sin bin for offside. Again, Barnes went for the scrum, sent the ball wide where Dings' Tom Hargan was waiting to intercept. But the winger juggled the ball and knocked on, prompting the referee to award a penalty try and also whip out his second yellow card in as many minutes for the visitors.

Dings had a promising flurry early in the second half, but the Barnes defence was equal to the task to keep them at bay. Crusaders lost Sam Graham to a yellow card next, this time for an accumulative team offence. Hammett added three points from the resulting penalty, but missed the extras after Kieron Sasson went over in the corner on 65 minutes.

Dings did have the final say, though, with Grattan winning the race to a kick in behind from full-back Luke Arscott. Fly-half Ollie Millner added the conversion, but that’s as good as it got for Dings.


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GKIPA Championship - Hartpury 9-10 Jersey Reds

A controversial last-gasp try saw Jersey Reds snatch a dramatic victory over a Hartpury side featuring Tiff Eden.

The opening score came in the 18th minute, as Hartpury failed to take the chance to exit from their own 22, and Janco Venter eventually found the space to dive over in the corner.

That looked to be it for the half, until some late Hartpury pressure, again based around powerful forward play, drew a yellow card for Jersey’s Charlie Beckett and a penalty in front, from where Joshua Bragman could hardly miss.

With Jersey again down to 14 men, another three-pointer from Bragman, in the 74th minute, put Hartpury in the driving seat.

But after a missed knock-on, and two needlessly conceded penalties later, replacement hooker, TJ Harris, was bundled over for the winning score.