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Loan watch: Duo help Hartpury to victory

Alex Groves and Deago Bailey both featured as Hartpury stormed to a first ever victory over Cornish Pirates in the GKIPA Championship.


Photos and report via LNC Images and Hartpury College.

GKIPA Championship - Hartpury 37-18 Cornish Pirates

Alex Groves and Deago Bailey both featured as Hartpury stormed to a first ever victory over Cornish Pirates in the GKIPA Championship.

John Barnes' side ran in four tries at the Alpas Arena, with Harry Short bagging a brace off the bench, with Will Crane and Robbie Smith also touching down in front of a large crowd.

Alex Groves in action for Hartpury (LNC Images).

Photos and report via John White Media.

National Two South
Dings Crusaders 32-27 Bury St Edmunds

The Senior Academy trio of Matty Jones, Ben Bamber and Harry Rowson helpedย Dings Crusaders to a dramatic victory over Bury St Edmunds, in a game that took three-and-a-half hours to complete following a serious injury to prop Liam Appleton.

The Crusadersโ€™ forward was brought down just outside the Bury twenty-two on 18-minutes and his reaction to the collision immediately indicated something was very wrong. Appleton received treatment on the field but Medics decided his injury needed further assessment and decided to call an ambulance to be on the safe side. Two hours later, Appleton was stretchered off through a guard of honour.

At the time, Bury held a 12-5 advantage and in all fairness deserved to be in front. But after the re-start the home side came more and more into the contest, and finished the game with a real flourish.

The visitors made a bright start and opened the scoring with a penalty from fly-half Cam Greenhall. Bury increased their lead on eight-minutes when flanker Matt Bursey dived in - again Greenhall was on target from the tee to make it 12-0. Centre Samir Kharbouch added another try to give the visitors a 17-0 lead. But Dings kept in touch with an unconverted try from hooker Tommy Gollop to make it 17-5 at the turnaround.

The teams stayed on the pitch for a short half-time break and there was little doubt, despite a brief spell of ascendency from Bury, who was the dominant side in the second-half.

Replacement hooker Tom Anderson started the revival for Dings with his try, before Greenhall went in to put his side 24-12 ahead on the hour mark. But the final quarter belonged to Crusaders. Wing Tom Hargan raced in before Anderson bagged his second. Fly-half Ben Bolster converted to bring his side within a point. But Hargan saved his best for last. Bury cleared their lines straight to Hargan, who then weaved his way through the Bury defence to score the match-winner. Bolster added the extras to wrap things up for Dings.

Meanwhile, Jamie Collier and Dylan Power helped Dings Knights to a 25-24 victory over Longlevens in Gloucester Premier.
Also in National Two South, Jac Lloyd started at full back in Clifton's 27-28 last-gasp defeat at Henley Hawks on Saturday, with a stoppage time penalty earning an emotional win for the hosts in their first game since the tragic passing of David Hyde.
Matty Jones and Ben Bamber at full time of Dings' dramatic victory over Bury St Edmunds (photo by John White).

Hornets win on the road - defeats for Taunton & Weston

In National One, Chay Mullins' Taunton debut ended in defeat at Bishops Stortford, who claimed a 26-22 win. The Ireland U20 international started on the wing in Titans' first defeat of the season.

In South West Premier, a late penalty try denied Weston-super-Mare - featuring Academy scrum half JJ Williams - back-to-back Tribute South West Premier victories on the road, as Okehampton snatched a 19-15 win.ย 

Elsewhere in South West Premier,ย Costa Galatalis impressed in Hornets' 32-31 victory, as they fought back from 21-6 down to claim a bonus-point win.


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