Last minute penalty saves Hartpury in AASE

  •  Hartpury kick last minute penalty to remain unbeaten
  • Gosforth Academy inflict first defeat of the season on Oaklands College 

Stage Two of the AASE League competition saw some high scoring encounters, here is everything you need to know.

Gosforth Academy kicked off their Stage Two campaign by inflicting a first defeat of the season on Oaklands College, and head coach Peter Butler insists his focus is on the manner of the victory.

Oaklands College won six out of six in Stage 1 of the competition but were beaten 29-25 on Wednesday and could only pick up a losing bonus point. 

Gosforth fly-half Jake Rodgers continued his strong form this season with two tries and two conversions while Alex Pantechis, Fraser McNee and Drew Davison also crossed for the home side.

“The boys defended really well and then we played some great rugby and scored some great tries,” Gosforth head coach Butler said.

“It was a massive team effort. Jake Rogers at fly-half has scored ten tries in seven games now so is huge for what we want to do.

“The result has given us a lot of confidence but we don’t focus on the results, we focus on the performances.”

"We have a lot of quality"

In North Pool Division 2, Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College lead the way after picking up their second five-point win of the second stage with a 39-15 success over Myerscough College.

With second row Oli Bee scoring two tries and Fergus Dobson, Sam Grahamslaw, Tommy Reffell and Oscar Harper all crossing, team manager Lewis Clifford is targeting the top spot. 

“We want to top the group and get at the equivalent team from the south,” he explained.

“We have got good coaches and good philosophies. The only thing we don’t have is great depth in the backs so the coaches have developed a game where our forwards control things."

Hot on their heels though are Moulton College after they ran an incredible 14 tries in a 90-14 victory over Bishop Burton with wing Zach Bean and prop Rhys Charlambous both bagging hat-tricks.

Hartpury hold on to winning streak

In the South Pool Division 1, Dan Cole was the hero for Hartpury College as his last minute penalty kick retained their unbeaten status this season with a 32-31 victory over Exeter College.

Both sides scored five tries with Jacob Morris and Alex Forrester both grabbing a pair for Hartpury and Gwyn Parks, Joe Snow and Ollie Gibbon managing second-half scores for Exeter.

Beechen Cliff beat Henley College 20-15 in the same group but without any bonus points they remain three points behind Exeter.

Miles Gilbert grab two tries in the first half both of which were converted by Wil Partington who was also successful with two penalties.

Finally, Truro and Penwith College beat SGS Filton College 12-0 in South Pool Division 2 and St Paul’s Catholic College scored six tries as they saw off 36-24 against Ivybridge Community College

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