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Loan watch: Dings suffer first defeat of the season

Fourteen Bears players were in dual-registration action over the weekend, with an emphatic victory for Clifton and a first defeat of the season for Dings Crusaders.


National League Two West
Redruth 49-19 Dings Crusaders

Dings suffered their first defeat of the season, going down by seven tries to three against Redruth at The Recreation Ground. The visitors gave it their best shot and produced a performance full of effort, but they were unable to match the home team when it came to execution and game management.

The seven-try scoreline was also maximised thanks to a magnificent one hundred per cent kicking display by Fraser Honey, who had an outstanding game at fly-half for Reds.

Dings travelled to Cornwall with more confidence than in recent years after picking up victories in all six of their games this season. But the home side made a blistering start to the game, had the try bonus-point in the bag inside 30 minutes and never gave Dings a chance to get into any kind of rhythm. Although Crusaders fell below their recent high standards in terms of attacking execution and defensive sets, the result was a fair one, and the visitors came second-best in almost every department, such was the dominance of the home team on the day.

There was a glimmer of hope for the visitors as the first-half drew to a close. Dings managed to hold onto the ball for a number of phases and worked their way upfield, allowing skipper Olly Bilton to crash over to get his side off the mark. Full-back Ciaran Donoghue converted from in front of the posts.

Crusaders doubled their tally shortly after when referee Max Weston awarded them a penalty try after Redruth were adjudged to have stopped the Dings drive to the line illegally. Dings appeared to be back in it at 28-14 at the interval, and had the benefit of the slope in their favour in the second-half.

But Honey and co had other ideas and kept Dings penned in their own territory for large parts of the half, adding three more close-range tries into the bargain. Dings did get another five-pointer thanks to a determined effort from flanker Lewis Beer, but that's as good as it got for the visitors, who unfortunately had nothing to show for their efforts at the full-time whistle.

National League Two West
Clifton 63-17 Hornets

Rhys Charalambous and Macenzzie Duncan were both on the scoresheet as Clifton ran in nine tries against Hornets.

Ultimately it was the speed and intensity of the home side who had the ability to launch high tempo attacks from all over the pitch.   Much revolved around Captain Will Owen giving his fellow backs every opportunity to show their flair, a well-functioning line out and a mobile pack in which prop Charlie Bullimore and Bristol Bears Joe Owen were prominent

On this occasion leading try scorer Fin Sharp was the creator rather than the finisher. Fly half Zak Ward converted all nine tries with an immaculate display of kicking.

It was scrum half Danny Openshaw who broke to open the scoring before a Sharp touch line run presented him with his second.  In the second half another clean break gave Openshaw his hat trick

Full back Alex Howman also contributed by crossing twice either side of the interval with Rhys Charalambous powering across in the first half.

Charlie Carter kicked a penalty for the Hornets early on and converted both his team’s tries from Callum Lane and Josh Lloyd.  The latter coming after some lengthy testing of the Clifton defence and the visitors winning penalties

Alex Kilbane, ever dangerous throughout, initiated the flood of second half tries,, Joe Owen crowned a storming performance with a touch line run to go under the posts with Mackenzie Duncan making his first club touch down to complete matters        


GKIPA Championship
Bedford Blues 28-21 Hartpury RFC

James Williams, Jac Lloyd and Joe Jenkins were in action for Hartpury as they were edged out by Bedford Blues at Goldington Road on Saturday.

Hartpury struck first as they started the contest much the better side; Mitch Eadie came from nowhere on the blindside to bamboozle the Blues defence and have a clear run under the sticks.

Bedford hit back when Sean French went over in the corner - and when James Williams was sin-binned for a high tackle, Luke Frost burrowed his way to the line from a tidy pick-and-go.

Blues were out of the traps with much greater intent in the second half than they were the first and went 21-7 up as French completed his double by offering good support at the driving maul to crash over the line.

Jake Polledri’s score reduced the deficit to set the nerves jangling but then came the contest’s golden moment as Bedford put their case forward for the upcoming Try of the Week competition. Jamie Elliott cut a decent line to split the defence and race into the 22m, timing the offload perfectly and then Tui Uru sent it on its way to set Alex Day in the clear for his fifth score of the campaign.

James Benjamin’s late score made things interesting but the result never really felt in doubt at that point as Blues stuck together as a unit and forced the turnover in the last passage of play.


Elsewhere in the Championship, James Dun's Jersey Reds claimed a sixth successive win against Doncaster Knights.

Fly-half Sam Olver had a last-kick conversion to give the visitors a share of the spoils, but after an earlier kick had been blown across the posts, he pulled the ball to the left of the posts and the final whistle went.

In South West Premier, Pete Carter scored for Chew Valley as they recorded an impressive bonus-point win at Old Centralians.

The Academy scrum-half scored one of four tries for Chew as they maintained their strong start to the season.


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