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Loan watch: Nine-try Weston run riot against Exmouth

Four Bears players were in dual-registration action over the weekend, with victories for Dings, Weston-super-Mare and Hornets.

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Weston-super-Mare 53-10 Exmouth

Bristol Bears Academy hooker Aaron Thompson and centre Dylan Power were in the Weston-super-Mare side that ran in nine tries, including three from Huw Morgan, as the Seasiders took maximum league points to maintain their grip on the Tribute South West's Premier's fourth place.

With captain Tom Sugg ruled out through injury, prop Sam Coles led the Weston side in his 150th first-team appearance for the club while player/assistant coach Dan Lomax, playing at scrum half, was making his 65th appearance.

The home side secured the try-scoring bonus point within the opening 30 minutes after two tries from full-back Jack Curtis plus one each from wings Joe Burgess and Morgan, with fly-half James Mackay adding two conversions.

Fly-half Oli Cave pulled a try back for Exmouth, but Burgess crossed for his second, converted by Mackay, to give Weston a comfortable 31-5 half time lead in the sunshine against the side who started the game in fifth place.

Early in the second half Coles was yellow-carded for a high tackle by referee Oli Carey. Despite being a player down, the Seasiders increased their score as Morgan crossed for his side's sixth try, which Mackay duly converted.

Tries from Mackay and second-row Ben Tothill followed around the hour mark before Exmouth's openside prop Matt Hicks for the Cockles' second try. But Morgan completed his try-scoring hat-trick for the final score of the game.

Weston-super-Mare scorers – tries: Joe Burgess (2), Jack Curtis (2), Huw Morgan (3), James Mackay, Ben Tothill; cons: James Mackay (4); yellow card: Sam Coles (41-52).

Exmouth scorers – tries: Oli Cave, Matt Hicks.

Referee: Oli Carey (South West Group).


Dings battle back to beat Barnes

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Barnes 23-30 Dings Crusaders

Andrew Turner featured for Dings Crusaders as they clawed their way back from a 13-0 deficit to clinch a superb 30-23 victory at Barnes.

The visitors were far from their best, especially during the opening quarter when they simply weren't at the races and the home side took full advantage. But credit to Dings - they gradually battled their way back into the contest and finished in the ascendency to claim their fifth win in a row.

Crusaders were hit hard early doors by the pumped up home team, and went three-points down when full-back Bob Kirby slotted a penalty following the yellow card brandished to Dings Centre Matty Smith after he was adjudged to have deliberately knocked-on. The home side extended their lead when Smith's opposite number Ash Thomas finished of a flowing move. Kirby added the extras. And Kirby was again on target from the tee on 14 minutes with a penalty to take Barnes 13 points clear.

But playing up the slope and into a strong breeze, Crusaders' knew if they could stay in touch, they would be in with a shout at full-time. Fly-half Tom Price got the scoreboard moving for Dings on 20 minutes and doubled his tally four-minutes later to make it 13-6. Barnes responded with a powerful effort from lock Ryan Seabright - Kirby on this occasion, failing with the conversion attempt.

But there were signs that the Dings maul was causing their hosts all kinds of issues, and it was from a driving line-out the Crusaders grabbed their first try of the afternoon, courtesy of flanker Anton Welling. Price nailed the extras to make it 18-13 at the interval.

The hosts extended their lead early in the second-half in bizarre fashion. In what looked like both teams taking it in turns to fumble and knock-on, the ball eventually found its was to centre Peter Weightman. By this stage, everyone on the field had stopped and looked to the officials to see what decision was coming - that is everyone except Weightman, who waltzed into the corner and touched down for a five-pointer to nudge his side 23-13 ahead on 48 minutes.

That's about as good as it got for Barnes from then on as the visitors began to take control. Dings hooker Tom Anderson crossed for his 13th try of the campaign and Price booted the conversion to cut the deficit to three-points. Price bisected the uprights in the 79th minute and it looked for all money that this would end in a draw, as did the previous meeting between the clubs this season at Shaftesbury Park.

But Barnes had to re-start and Dings again had possession. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Crusaders' chanced their arm and the unrelenting pressure resulted young lock Sam Slade being driven over in the 80th minute to score his maiden try for the senior team since joining from Cleve. Price, who landed all six of his shots at goal to amass 15-points, again converted to make it 30-23 to Dings.

Scorers:
Barnes tries: Thomas, Seabright, Weightman. Penalties: Kirby (2). Conversion: Kirby.

Dings tries: Welling, Anderson, Slade. Penalties: Price (3). Conversions: Price (3).

Barnes: Kirby; Branfield, Thomas, Weightman, O'Dell, Strang, Davies; Moss, March, Leigh, Seabright, Ashcroft-Leigh, Farquhar, Cameron, Avid. Reps: Byce, Dean, Bloxham, Foster, Barnes.

Dings: Tovey; Hargan, Smith, Arscott, Foot, Price, Stapleton; Turner, Anderson, English, Bilton, Hodge, Welling, Rovery, Holcombe. Reps: Gollop, Appleton, Slade, Gasson, Millner.

Referee: Alex Rose


Hornets lose out in 16-try encounter

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Exeter University 62-46 Hornets

Hornets fell short in an enthralling 16-try, 108-point top-of-the-table clash with Exeter University of Saturday.

The students stormed into a 19-3 lead before Corbin Thunder powered over, but Exeter hit back with their bonus-point try shortly after.

Charlie Carter grabbed Hornets' second before Exeter crossed for a fifth, but the visitors hit back again through Bailey Jackson and a penalty try.

Exeter extended their lead further and Will Perry then closed the gap to 40-34 as the game continued to thrill in the spring sunshine.

Exeter added a penalty, before Mua Inoke dived over a ruck to make it a two-point game with 13 minutes remaining. The hosts, however, began to hit their stride again, with three quick tries putting the game out of reach.

Hayden Tuttiett crossed for Hornets' seventh late on, but it was the league leaders who took the spoils in a sensational match.


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