National Leagues: Weekend Wrap

Coventry pass Loughborough test

National One league leaders Coventry were pushed all the way by Loughborough Students but finished eventual winners for their 20th victory of the season.

James Stokes was among the try scorers for Coventry but there is no doubt that Loughborough can take a lot of positives from the 24-31 scoreline.

Old Elthamians produced one of their performances of the season so far to beat fourth-placed Plymouth Albion 16-12.

Max Wilkins scored Old Elthamians’ only try as they secured their 12th win of the campaign.

Darlington Mowden Park remain in second place after seeing off the tough challenge of Blackheath with a bonus point 33-19 victory.

Wing Callum Mackenzie scored twice as DMP maintained their 100% home record at the Northern Echo Arena.

Third place Ampthill were condemned to their sixth defeat of the season with Cambridge securing a 20-8 victory. Darren Fox was named man of the match for Cambridge who bagged their 10th win of the campaign. 

Birmingham Moseley edged Bishop's Stortford 15-10 to move just three points behind them in the table. Moseley’s pack proved to be the difference during a closely fought contest in wet and windy conditions.

Caldy secured their ninth win of the campaign with a 33-3 home win over Rosslyn Park. No.8 JJ Dickinson scored twice for Caldy who condemned Park to their 11th defeat of the season.

Esher continued their impressive run of recent form with a 24-8 victory over Old Albanians at Molesey Road. Wing Joe Bridger was among the try scorers for the home side who grabbed their 7th win of the campaign.

Hull Ionians increased the gap between them and bottom team Fylde after a 14-12 away win. The result leaves them nine points away from Old Albanians in 15th place.

Cinderford continue impressive run 

Cinderford remain at the top of National Two South after they beat Tonbridge Juddians 26-0 at home.

Matthew Lane went over twice for the Gloucestershire outfit who hold a lead of ten points at the top of the table.

Chinnor remain in second place after they were made to work hard for their 25-17 win over Broadstreet.

Bottom team Broadstreet will take confidence from the scoreline while Greg Goodfellow and George Oliver were among the try scorers for Chinnor.

Taunton Titans and Redingensians remain level on points in third and fourth place respectively after away wins while Worthing continued their impressive form of late with victory over Bury St Edmunds.

Redruth remain well placed in the top half of the table after beating Clifton while there were important wins for bottom half teams London Irish Wild Geese and Wimbledon.

Hinckley miss big opportunity 

With National Two North leaders Sale not playing due to a waterlogged pitch, Stourbridge moved just two points away in second place after their 23-12 home win over Leicester Lions.

Dan Rundle was among the try scorers for the West Midlands outfit who secured their 16th win of the season.   

Hinckley missed out on the opportunity to go top after they were beaten 14-8 by Sheffield.

The impressive result boosts Sheffield’s relegation survival hopes as they moved off the bottom of the table and into 14th place.

Tynedale enjoyed an impressive high scoring win over South Leicester while there were important victories for top half teams Sedgley Park and Chester.

Wharfedale caused a big upset to comprehensively defeat Huddersfield while Otley secured their 8th win of the campaign to beat Sheffield Tigers to move just two points away from them in the table.