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Loan watch: Six in a row for Dings

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

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National Two South
Dings 40-5 Henley 

Dings produced a superb all-round performance to defeat Henley at Shaftesbury Park. The home sides’ dominance was reflected on the scoreboard with a six-tries to one winning margin. Crusaders have now won six games in a row, but this victory was particularly sweet, as the last time they triumphed over the Hawks was March 6, 2012 - a 25-22 victory at Landseer Avenue.

The opening quarter was extremely physical as both packs tried to gain the upper hand. Dings got the breakthrough on 20 minutes when flanker Chris Rovery went over. TJ Wilstead, who had a fantastic match at fly-half for Dings, converted. Henley hit back six-minutes later with a superbly taken effort from wing Reuben Norvill.

Rovery crashed over in the corner on 32 minutes for an unconverted try, but crucially, Crusaders went over again on the stroke of half-time - this time wing Tom Hargan split the Henley defence from a set play and dotted down under the posts. Wilstead converted to make it 19-5 at the interval.

Henley had the better of the exchanges early in the second-half but the Dings defence was equal to the task. Hooker Tom Anderson went over on 49 minutes for his 14th try of the season before Hargan beat several defenders to score a wonderful individual try on 72 minutes. Replacement scrum-half Archie Stapleton converted from the touchline. Dings hit 40-points when Anderson, who was now playing on the flank, crashed through the tiring Hawks defence and dived over to score his 15th try of the campaign. Stapleton converted to put the icing on the cake.

Dings scores: Rovery 20, 34. Hargan 40, 72. Anderson 49, 77. Conversions: Wilstead 21, 40, 50. Stapleton 72, 78.

Henley scores: Norvill 26.

Dings: 15 Tovey, 14 Hargan, 13 Smith, 12 Arscott, 11 Foot, 10 Wilstead, 9 Gasson, 1 Turner, 2 Anderson, 3 English, 4 Bilton, 5 Hodge, 6 Slade, 7 Rovery, 8 Holcombe (capt). Reps: 16 Gollop, 17 Appleton, 18 Beer, 19 Stapleton, 20 Rowson.

15 Cookland; 14 Norvill 13 Panday, 12 Barbarinsa, 11 Wood, 10 Dalrymple, 9 Gilbey, 1 Probyn, 2 Emery, 3 Mason, 4 Albon (capt), 21 Harrison, 6 Lunnon, 7 Hall, 8 Bradley. Reps: 16 Glass, 17 Inoke, 18 Bordill,19 Lowe, 20 Amphlett.

Referee: Tom Evans-Jones


Weston win on the road

Tribute South West Premier
Royal Wootton Bassett 15-32 Weston-super-Mare

Inside centre Dylan Power and prop Aaron Thompson, Bristol Academy players played the full 80 minutes in Weston-super-Mare’ Tribute South West Premier match at the Ballards Ash Sports Ground in Royal Wootton Bassett.

The Seasiders took maximum league points for their final league game away from home after the visitors went into the break 15-8 ahead following tries from scrum-half Dan Lomax and full back Jack Curtis.

Fly-half James Mackay converted the first and added a penalty with the home side replying through a try from hooker Phil Bardwell. In his 100th first-team appearance, wing Huw Morgan was yellow carded on 29 minutes, and full-back Tom Fieldsend added a penalty.

Into the second period and back to full strength, Mackay added a second penalty before adding the extras to his half back partner Lomax's second try. RWB then had No.8 Josh McCafferty sent for ten minutes in the sin bin.

No sooner had he returned to the action than Bardwell was shown yellow, which meant the game went to uncontested scrums. Weston took advantage of the extra player with centre Cameron Maslen bursting through for the bonus point try, which Mackay converted.

McCafferty was sent off for his second yellow card offence in the game's final minutes. But Bardwell still had time to claim his second try, converted by Fieldsend, who had been forced to switch to flanker in the closing stages.

Royal Wootton Bassett may be propping up the Tribute South West Premier table, but they tested their visitors on numerous occasions with their running rugby. Probably an ideal preparation for Weston's visit of neighbours Hornets on Saturday, kick-off 3 pm.

Captain Tom Sugg should be available for selection for the big local derby game, having completed the World Rugby's Concussion Protocol and the Graduated Return To Play programme.

Royal Wooton Bassett scorers – tries: Phil Bardwell (2); con: Tom Fieldsend; pen: Tom Fieldsend; yellow card: Josh McCafferty (65), Phil Bardwell (75); red card: Josh McCafferty (79).

Weston-super-Mare scorers – tries: Dan Lomax (2), Jack Curtis, Cameron Maslen; cons: James Mackay (3); pens: James Mackay (2); yellow card: Huw Morgan (29).

Referee: James Dowds (South West Group)

Photo Credits: Weston Rugby/Chris Brice


Hornets thrash Exmouth with ten-try display

Tribute South West Premier
Hornets 62-22 Exmouth

Costa Galatalis impressed for Hornets as they stormed to an emphatic victory over Exmouth at The Nest on Saturday.

Danny Bailey opened the scoring after a quick-tap penalty from Hayden Tuttiett, before Charlie Carter sprinted to score a well-worked team try and his conversion.

Winger Will Perry touched down for 19-0, before Exmouth hit back with two tries and a penalty in a great 15-minute spell for the visitors.

Hornets regrouped and the effervescent Corbin Thunder powered over and Matt Parker did the same, before Exmouth scored in the corner.

Exmouth launched another series of attacks and a lose clearance kick by Hornets allowed Exmouth the chance to run at pace and score in the corner.31-22.

Galatalis capped a superb performance with his first try for Hornets and Carter added another to put the game beyond the visitors.

Ozzy James intercepted a pass to run the length of the pitch, and the speedster bagged a second shortly after. Francis completed the scoring late on.


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