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Loan watch: Ice cool Eden fires Pury, Dings suffer defeat

Six Bristol Bears players were in loan action over the weekend, as George Kloska, Blake Boyland and James Dun played for Dings Crusaders, and Tiff Eden, John Hawkins and Sam Graham starred for Hartpury.


Photo courtesy of LNC Images.

GKIPA Championship - Hartpury 23-20 Coventry

Tiff Eden was the Hartpury hero, holding his nerve to land a last-gasp penalty and snatch a dramatic victory over Coventry on Saturday.

The replacement fly half struck with the final kick of the game, to earn Pury - also featuring John Hawkins and Sam Graham - an important win in the GKIPA Championship.

In the 11th minute Coventry centre, Rory Jennings, landed a penalty, before Josh Bragman levelled the scores.

Coventry then scored the game’s opening try courtesy of winger, Rob Knox, but Will Safe powered over the try line from short range to level the scores at 10-10 at half time.

Hartpury were next to score, in the 48th minute, with Akapusi Qera finding the line, again from short distance, but Knox added his second try in the 66th minute.

Eden replaced Bragman and, with 11 minutes remaining, he took the chance to nudge the home team further ahead, after Coventry’s discipline had again let them down.

Coventry bounced back again when they scored through full-back Dan Lewis after the home defence was caught on its heels, but with the conversion again missed, the score was once again level at 20-20.

However, another infringement at the breakdown saw Hartpury with the penalty advantage and, when play was brought back, Eden showed nerves of steel to land the winning kick.


Photos and report courtesy of John White Media.

National Two South - Dings 24-36 Bury St Edmunds

Dings Crusaders - featuring George Kloska, James Dun and Blake Boyland - fell to their third straight defeat, after going down by five-tries to four against Bury St Edmunds at Shaftesbury Park.

Bury opened the scoring with a try from Ciaran Leeson on eight minutes and went over again shortly after when Alex Grey crossed. Kodie Drury-Hawkins added both conversions to open up a 14-0 lead on 16 minutes.

Dings wing Tom Hargan cut a wonderful line to cut the gap with his first of two unconverted tries, but the Wolfpack had the bonus-point in the bag by the break after Tom Milosevic and George Grigg-Pettitt crossed. Drury-Hawkins added one conversion to make it 26-5 at the turnaround.

Crusaders gave themselves a glimmer of hope early in the second-half after Hargan dashed in for his second to cut the gap to 26-10. But Drury-Hawkins nudged a penalty and added the extras when Will Affleck crossed. Either side of Affleck’s effort came tries from Dings prop Josh Lloyd – the second one coming in the final play – both converted by Steve Plummer.

George Kloska in action for Dings (John White Media).