Hartpury extend unbeaten run in AASE League

  • Hartpury beat The Henley College to remain undefeated 
  • Exeter College register comprehensive win over Beechen Cliff
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They might be unbeaten so far this season, but Hartpury College head coach Wayne Thompson insists there is still a lot of work to be done.

Hartpury began South Pool Division 1 in style with a 30-3 victory against The Henley College.

Prop Mason Emery got the hosts off to a flying start with a seventh-minute try before two tries in five minutes from hooker Morgan Nelson and flanker Ben Fry put Hartpury out of sight.

Nathan Brooks scored their fourth try with ten minutes left, leaving Thompson delighted with his teams' display ahead of next week’s game with Exeter College.

“The game was tighter than it looked. It was within a couple of scores for most of the game and then we pulled clear late on,” he said.

“Our unbeaten record is not something we focus on, we are all very level headed and are just looking to getting through to the next stage.”

Exeter breeze by Beechen 

Hartpury might be favourites for next week’s match with Exeter College, but the Devon side were mightily impressive in their 34-11 home win against Beechen Cliff.

It was a tight first half at Exwick but the game opened up in the second half as Ben Phillips scored for the hosts from close range.

Beechen Cliff responded through Tom de Clanville, but Exeter pulled clear through tries from substitute Danny Martin and flanker Harry Jones, as they wrapped up victory and sent a strong message to Hartpury ahead of next week.

SGS Filton win thriller

In the opening round of matches in South Pool Division 2, SGS Filton ran in eight tries in an entertaining 48-22 win against St. Paul’s.

Scrum-half Dom Sprague scored the first try for the hosts, while further scores for Stirling Cranham, Brandon Pettitt, Nick English, Leiland Gordon, captain Dan Thurston and two from hooker Tom Honour, saw the home side complete a memorable attacking display.

St. Pauls secured a bonus point by scoring four tries themselves through fly-half Russell Bennett, Victor Nzotele, Adam Warner and Ewan Watson, but defeat leaves them in need of victory in next week’s game at home to Ivybridge College, who are also reeling after a heavy 45-10 defeat to Truro and Penwith College

Wyggeston make strong start

With North Pool Division 1 beginning next week, it was left to just Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College and Moulton College in Division 2 to fly the Northern flag.

Wyggeston eased to a 33-12 victory, thanks to tries from Owen Mills, Xander Purcell, Sam Grahamslaw and two from Joe Hayes.

Liam McStay and Kyle McSwiggan scored the only tries for Moulton, who will look to bounce back against Bishop Burton College next week.

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