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Loan watch: Lloyd and Ascherl lead Clifton to thumping win

Twelve Bears players were in dual-registration action over the weekend, with victories for Clifton and Hornets.

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National Two South
Rochford Hundred 14-85 Clifton

Jac Lloyd, Harry Ascherl and Tomas Gwilliam all featured as Clifton thrashed Rochford in an emphatic away display.

The visitors ran in 13 tries in Essex to storm to a huge win, with the Bears trio at the heart of a scintillating win on the road.

1. Sam Turner 2. Tomos Gwilliam 3. Alex Giltrow 4. Tom Wilson (c)5. Joe Owen 6. Dan Broady 7. Max Woodward 8. Brad Talbot 9. Mitch Spencer 10. Jac Lloyd 11. Alex Kilbane 12. Harry Ascherl 13. Zak Hamid 14. Fin Sharp 15. Alex Howman

Replacements: 16. Ricky Cano 17. Nick Selway 18.[/b] Will Mortimore 19. Luke Cozens 20. Zak Ward


Dings' run ended by Redruth

National Two South
Dings Crusaders 10-31 Redruth

Redruth ended Dings’ seven match unbeaten run with a ruthless second-half performance at Shaftesbury Park. The Cornishmen were given a stern test in the first-half by a pumped-up Dings side playing in front of a bumper crowd, but they dominated proceedings after the break and, crucially secured a try bonus-point in the last play of the game.

Dings made a rip-roaring start to the game and were on the scoreboard inside the first minute. Scrum-half Tom Knight took a quick tap, broke the line and fed supporting half-back partner Ollie Millner, who darted over to score a try he also converted.

Redruth hit back on 21 minutes - Number 8 Shaun Buzza crashed over from the back of a driving maul to get Reds off the mark. Stand-off Fraser Honey added the extras to level the scores. Crusaders were in the ascendency for the remainder of an energetic and exciting first-half, but failed to capitalise on their territorial advantage. Redruth made a fleeting visit into Dings territory on 30 minutes and came away with three-points, courtesy of Honey’s boot. But the sides were back level on 35 minutes when Millner slotted a penalty from straight in front the uprights to make it 10-10 at the turnaround.

Dings came out firing early in the second-half, but nothing came of their early dominance. The visitors, however, grew stronger as the half progressed and took the lead on the hour mark when flanker Sam Stevens crossed. Honey added the extras. Four second-half yellow cards for Dings didn’t help their cause, but it looked as though the visitors would have to settle for a 17-10 victory. But a try for centre Jack Simmons in the 79th minute and one for wing Kyle Bradley in the 80th minute - both converted by Honey - secured the try bonus-point for Redruth.

Dings Team; 15 Tovey; 14 Rowson, 13 Smith,12 Arscott, 11 Foot, 10 Millner, 9 Knight, 1 Turner, 2 Anderson, 3 Kloska, 4 Bilton (c), 5 Hodge, 6 Rice, 7 Beer, 8 Rovery. Reps: 16 Appleton, 17 English, 18 Slade, 19 Gasson, 20 Harbinson.

Redruth Team; 15 Trewin; 14 Bradley, 13 Simmons, 12 Gilbert, 11Bonds, 10 Honey, 9 Oulton, 1Philips, 2 Brown, 3 Tompsett, 4 Prisk, 5 Barker, 6 Stevens (c), 7 Grubb, 8 Buzza. Reps: 16 Williams, 17 Oliver, 18 Fuca, 19 Parsons, 20 Howe.

Attendance: 525

Half-time: 10-10

Dings scores: Millner 1. Conversion: Millner 2. Penalty: Millner 35.

Redruth scorers: Buzza 21, Stevens 60, Simmons 79, Bradley 80. Conversions: Honey 22, 61, 79, 80. Penalty: Honey 30.

Referee: Alan Chandrachud


Revenge for Hornets in cup semi-final

Somerset County Cup semi-final
Hornets 42-30 Weston-super-Mare

Bristol Bears Academy scrum-half JJ Williams was again on the scoresheet. Still, he ended up on the losing side in the Good Friday Cup tie at The Nest. Williams claimed three tries for Weston United the previous in his first game back from injury in November.

Williams was joined in the Weston side by fellow Academy players Dylan Power at inside centre, hooker Aaron Thompson and No.8 Macenzzie Duncan, while Academy lock Costa Galatalis and prop Tom Sims were on the scoresheet for Hornets.

Despite scoring thirty points, Weston were off their game for the most part, and the Hornets ran out deserved winners on the day to avenge the league defeat the previous weekend. Weston actually took an early lead with a penalty by fly-half Chris Young.

But Hornets replied with Sims scoring under the posts, and the conversion by full-back Charlie Carter nudged the home side ahead, a lead they were never to relinquish. Young reduced the arrears with his second penalty

Hornets went into the break 27-19 ahead thanks to tries from openside flanker Corbin Thunder and wing Harry Lyon. Carter converted both and added two penalties, with Young replying with two penalties and the conversion of Williams's try.

The home side stretched their lead to 37-19 early in the second half with a try from Galatalis; Carter converted and added a penalty. Two Young penalties and a try from replacement back Harry Butland reduced the deficit to seven points.

Weston dropped the restart, and the hosts took full advantage to round off the scoring as replacement prop Josh Lloyd was able to control the rolling maul and go over to clinch the victory.

Hornets will face Wellington, who beat Gordano in the other semi-final, in the final on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Bridgwater & Albion Rugby Football Club, kick-off 7.30pm

Photo credit: Weston Rugby/Andrew Collins


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