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Loan watch: Defeats for Hartpury and Clifton

Deago Bailey and Jac Lloyd were in action for their dual-registered clubs on Saturday, with both Hartpury and Clifton suffering defeats.

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Hartpury 19-42 Bedford Blues

Deago Bailey started on the wing for Hartpury, who were downed by a clinical second-half performance by Bedford Blues on Saturday.

“It was a very disappointing performance after a good start to the season,” said Hartpury DoR, John Barnes. 

“Too much indiscipline and too many individual errors – Bedford were able to dictate that game, particularly after half time.”


Clifton slip to defeat at Esher

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Esher 32-12 Clifton

Clifton came away from Moseley Road ruing a second half turnaround that saw a near faultless first half lead expire come away without any points as they suffered a 35-12 loss to Peter Winterbottom's men. Clifton had entered the match boosted by a 106-17 mauling of troubled Westcliff but their build-up to the match was badly disrupted, suffering traffic problems, which meant kick-off had to be delayed by 15 minutes.

Yet they made the perfect start, Esher's hesitation in the opening minute enabling No 8 Harry Bate to rush past the defence.

Sam Morley cut the deficit soon after by landing a penalty but there was little cohesion for Esher until midway through the first half, when Chris Davies went over for his first try for the club, although it went unconverted by the generally accurate Morley.

Clifton were ahead again within six minutes, though, Henry Harper forcing his way over the line under the posts and Jac Lloyd adding the extras to leave them in good spirits as they led at the interval.

A clearly more resolute Esher - who were helped by the wind they might have been playing into dying down - gained their reward on 52 minutes.

The influential Morley's second penalty trimmed the lead to one point and their pack showed that what they lack in weight they make up in mobility, second row Hugh Sloan having an outstanding afternoon to win praise from DOR Peter Winterbottom.

Steadily increasing the pressure on Clifton, they worked the ball around the pitch following a scrum, full-back Jack Lavin making the crucial incision on the right as he skated through an increasingly tiring rearguard.

Morley converted for 15-12 and Esher were never to be overhauled again. They steadily grew more dominant up front, prop Theo Skoumbourdis touching down from a move which had started at a lineout.

They just had time to claim a bonus point too, driving strongly on 87 minutes to claim the fourth try, fly-half Morley converting both and underlining his great value after prompting the side all afternoon.


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