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Five Bears players were in dual-registration action over the weekend, with defeats for Clifton and Weston-super-Mare.

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National Two South

Dings 24-17 Leicester Lions

Dings made it four wins in a row, thanks to a three-tries to two victory over Leicester Lions at Shaftesbury Park. The home side looked to be in control for the majority of the game and really stepped up their defensive effort, but credit to the visitors who were always in the game and had the final say when outstanding full-back Alex Wilcockson dived over in the 80th minute.

Dings' 19-year-old replacement scrum-half Archie Stapleton was thrown in the deep end on his league debut after starting nine Tom Knight was helped off the pitch after receiving a bang to the head on seven-minutes. Stapleton, however, came through with flying colours and picked up the player of the match award.

Dings opened the scoring on five-minutes when fly-half Tom Price finished off a flowing move to dot down under the posts and then added the extras. Lions hit back with a penalty from stand-off Ben Young before Crusaders’ No8 Chris Rovery stole possession at the breakdown and then powered through some would-be tacklers to score. Price again converted on 21-minutes.

Lions’ tight-head prop Isaac Thompson hit a wonderful line to go in for a try, and Young converted to cut the gap, but Price knocked over a penalty to make it 17-10 to Dings at the turnaround. Dings struck first in the second-half with centre Luke Arscott crossing for Dings 100th try of the season - Price converted. But despite having the lions share of possession for the remainder of the contest, Crusaders were unable to add to their scoreboard tally.

Dings scores: Price 5, Rovery 21, Arscott 49. Conversions: Price 6, 22, 50. Penalty: Price 28.

Leicester Lions scorers:Thompson 26, Wilcockson 80. Conversions: Young 27, 80. Penalty: Young 10.

Attendance: 152

Half-time: 17-10, Dings

Dings Crusaders: 15 Tovey; 14 Hargan, 13 Smith, 12 Arscott, 11 Foot, 10 Price, 9 Knight; 1 Turner, 2 Anderson, 3 English, 4 Bilton, 5 Hodge, 6 Welling, 7 Beer, 8 Rovery. Replacements: 16 Gollop, 17 Appleton, 18 Slade, 19 Stapleton, 20 Millner.

Leicester Lions: Wilcockson; 14 Helliwell, 13 Sterland, 12 Bean, 11 Constant, 10 Young, 9 Stubbs; 1 Roberts, 2 Harris, 3 Thompson, 4 Hutchinson, 5 Ward, 6 Johnson, 7 Murdoch, 8 Godefroy. Replacements: 16 Murray, 17 McNaughton, 18 Rudkin, 19 Brock, 20 Ogden.

Referee: Lloyd Davies


Clifton leave it late at Guernsey

National Two South
Guernsey 24-26 Clifton

Tomas Gwilliam featured off the bench for Clifton as they scored an 87th minute penalty try following 15 minutes of reset scrums, three yellows and one red card for the visitors at Footes Lane.

Guernsey started with the wind and started strong with winger Anthony Armstrong crashing over in the opening 10 minutes. Clifton however hit back when a break from Fin Sharp allowed  Mitch Spencer to snipe from a tap and go, Cozens missing the conversion. 

Clifton dominated the exchanges for most of the half as Guernsey struggled to play with the wind, and it wasn't until just before half time that they struck, Charlie Davis crossing after a break away from former Clifton man  Callum Roberts. 

After the half, Clifton looked to use the wind better than their hosts and duly gained the benefit when Henry Harper crossed after sustained pressure once again from the Clifton pack. Right from the kick off, Raiders came back and Ethan Smith crossed almost immediately from kick off, before minutes later, Guernsey extended their advantage through poor tackling from Clifton to score in the corner and lead 24-12. 

What then ensued was sustained Clifton pressure, with the visitors clearly dominating the forward exchange. Jack Bartlett crossed and Cozens nailed the conversion to bring the score to 24-19 before Clifton showing strength and good discipline to camp on the  Raiders line for the final 15 minutes. Dom Rice was shown a red card before Sam Steverton, James Burger and Darrin Bellingham were all shown yellow cards before the referee finally awarded Clifton an almost  inevitable penalty try, which sealed the win and the bonus point for the visitors to keep the pressure on Redruth, Esher & Worthing in the title race. 


Hartpury fall to defeat at Richmond

GKIPA Championship
Richmond 20-12 Hartpury

Mitch Eadie and James Dun were in action for Hartpury as they slipped to defeat at Richmond on Saturday.

Richmond raced into an early lead courtesy of a Anawanyu try, before McNab hit back for Hartpury.

Returning scrum half JB Bruzulier then powered over to edge the visitors in front, but two second-half scores from Richmond saw them take the spoils in West London.


Duncan impresses in Weston defeat

Tribute South West Premier
Old Redcliffians 39-19 Weston-super-Mare

For the second weekend in a row, Weston-super-Mare faced one of the Tribute South West Premier's top title chasers, and as in the first game, the result was the same, but on this occasion, the scoreline was a little closer.

The Seasiders had made the short journey to Brislington’s Scotland Lane knowing that their hosts, third in the table and only two points off pole position, were unbeaten on their turf this season.

If you looked at the final score, you might think it was a very comfortable victory for the Bristol-based side, but in reality, if Weston had taken more of their numerous chances, the deficit could have been a lot closer.

There is no doubt that Old Reds deserved to win in that they were very clinical when in with a sniff of scoring. In contrast, despite two well-taken tries by left-wing Joe Burgess and one by No.8 Macenzzie Duncan, together with two James Mackay conversions, Weston made so many simple errors when in the red zone that it was fitting that on the last play with the visitors once again on the attack the final score was a sixty-metre interception.

The positives were that Weston never gave up and had most of the possession. The negatives were once again too many silly penalties and also their inability most of the time to make the correct decisions when under pressure.

There is still a very good team in there somewhere, and when they click, they are a match for anyone in this division. However, they must learn to cut out the silliness and concentrate a bit more on doing the right thing when on the attack.

The victory sees Old Redcliffians widen the gap to fourth-placed Weston-super-Mare to 24 points, but the Seasiders have a six-point cushion to fifth-placed Exmouth, who are the next opponents on March 26, 2022.


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