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Loan watch: Dings back on track, Falcons down Hartpury

Seven Bristol Bears players were in loan action over the weekend, for GKIPA Championship side, Hartpury and National Two South outfit, Dings Crusaders respectively. 


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GKIPA Championship - Hartpury 5-26 Newcastle Falcons

Hartpury, bolstered by the presence of Bristol Bears trio, Sam Graham, John Hawkins and Jake Armstrong, came off second best against high-flying Newcastle Falcons at the Gillmans Ground on Saturday.

Newcastle opened the scoring through George Wacokecoke, who stepped past a Hartpury tackler and sprinted to line, before scrum half Micky Young also touched down.

Number eight, Nemani Nagusa, smashed his way to the line soon after, but Hartpury hit back with their first try of the game from Jake Morris.

Longovi’i Mulipola crashed over from short range for a fourth Falcons score late on, to seal victory for the league leaders.


National Two South - Dings Crusaders 39-21 Sutton & Epsom

Photos and report by John White Media.

Dings came through this tough encounter with Sutton & Epsom with something to spare in the end, but the match was hanging in the balance for an hour.

The home side never really got going until the final quarter, but managed to pull away from Sutton, who may count themselves unlucky not to get anything from the game.

Dings scored with their opening attack – wing Ian Clark sprinting in for a try converted by Steve Plummer. The visitors were level again four minutes later when lock Andrew Ince went over from a line-out drive and centre James Bourton added the extras.

Dings were boosted by solid performances from Bristol Bears Academy quartet George Kloska, Jack Bates, Blake Boyland and James Dun, who added dynamism, enthusiasm and youthful exuberance to the home sides’ game, with Bates and Dun, in particular, catching the eye with outstanding displays.

Two further Bourton penalties were separated by a magnificent solo try from Dings’ Luke Arscott. The former Bristol, Bath and Exeter Chiefs man producing a lovely show-and-go before stretching over to add Crusaders’ second try. Plummer then followed suit and converted his own try to give the home side a 19-13 buffer at the break.

The visitors made a bright start to the second-half and were right back in the contest when wing Stefan Cooksammy was awarded a try after a discussion by the officials to make it a one-point game on 55 minutes.

But Crusaders began to find their mojo as the half wore on, and No8 Jake Holcombe secured the try bonus-point on the hour mark after a determined charge off the back of a five-metre scrum. Bourton added a penalty on 65 minutes, but further touchdowns from centre Marcus Brooker and new signing Will Bryan – on the flank, plus a conversion and penalty from replacement fly-half Ollie Millner secured the spoils for Dings.