Greene King IPA Championship: Stories from the weekend

  • Richmond record their third win of the season
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There were milestones at the top and the bottom of the Greene King IPA Championship over the weekend as London Irish extended their winning run to 14 games while Richmond secured their third win of the season. Here are all the top stories from the round.

Richmond record third victory 

Richmond produced their best performance of the season so far to beat Bedford Blues 49-26 with Cameron Mitchell scoring a double.

The side who are bottom of the Greene King IPA Championship scored seven tries in total with Chris Davies, Jack Allcock, Samuel Stuart, Jono Woodward and William Browne also crossing. 

Bedford did manage to come away with a try-bonus point however after scores from George Perkins, Myles Dorrian, Jordan Burns and Patrick Tapley.

The Blues had taken the lead early on but Richmond scored four converted tries before the break to secure just their third try bonus point of the campaign. 

They added three more after the break with full-back Rob Kirby kicking six successful conversions and now trail Rotherham Titans by just six points.


Pirates steal thriller away from London Scottish

An extremely late penalty try for Cornish Pirates gave the hosts a one-point, 25-24, victory over London Scottish in a thoroughly entertaining game for the neutral. 

Laurence May and Peter Lydon exchanged early penalties before Alex Cheesman got the Pirates’ first try of the afternoon from a driving maul.

Toby May added a second just before half-time but it was a different story in the second period. 

Ross Neal touched down for Scottish after 48 minutes and former Pirate Joe Atkinson was also over the line with his first touch of the game.

And when Pirates’ Marlen Walker was in the sin-bin, Lydon added a try and a penalty to give his side the lead for the first time in the match. 

The Pirates had one last throw of the dice and a series of driving mauls saw Scottish prop Dan Koroi infringe one too many times as he was shown a yellow card and the penalty try was awarded. 

The win moves the Pirates above Scottish in the Greene King IPA Championship and just two points off a spot in the top four. 

Nine-try Irish maintain perfect record

There were nine different try-scorers as London Irish made it 14 wins out of 14 in the league with a comfortable 60-14 success over Nottingham. 

Aseli Tikoirotuma, Harry Elrington, Ben Franks, Scott Steele and James Marshall all crossed the whitewash in the opening 40 to secure the try bonus point before the half-time whistle. 

Nottingham scrum-half Murray McConnell opened the scoring in the second half but Johnny Williams, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, birthday boy Joe Trayfoot and Ofisa Treviranus tries made it 48-7 after 60 minutes. 

Dave Porecki and Topsy Ojo added to the Irish lead before Darryl Veenendaal got a second consolation score for the visitors at the Madejski Stadium.

Carpenter carves out try on debut

Aaron Carpenter scored a try on his debut for the Doncaster Knights but he wasn’t able to prevent them going down 29-21 to Ealing Trailfinders. 

It was the Trailfinders’ second straight win away from home with fly-half Aaron Penberthy kicking 19 of the visitors points on Saturday afternoon. 

Michael Heaney got the first try of the afternoon for Knights before Barney Maddison’s score put the visitors ahead.

Carpenter’s try with just eight minutes remaining had given the Knights the lead but Joe Munro’s 78th-minute effort put the Trailfinders back in control.

A last-minute Penberthy drop goal then denied the Knights a losing bonus point.

The Trailfinders are fourth in the league table, four points behind the Knights who are third, as the battle for the play-off places hots up. 

Biggest win of Carnegie’s campaign

Chris Elder and Taylor Prell both scored a pair of tries as Yorkshire Carnegie racked up their biggest success of the season with a 56-26 win over Rotherham Titans.

Jonah Holmes, Lewis, Boyce, Alex Davies and Steve McColl all also got over the whitewash at Headingley and Carnegie try to keep pace with London Irish.

The Titans did manage to secure a try-bonus point in defeat though with Tom Williams, George Tresidder, Tom MacDonald and Lee Miller all forcing their way over.

But six first-half tries for the hosts proved too much for the Titans with Carnegie boss Bryan Redpath admitting it was one of the best displays his side have put on all season.

“I thought our energy and our pace at the start was the best we have been all season,” he said.

“I thought the boys were great and their mindset, some of the execution on those first three tries was great.”