The local and national round-up of the weekends rugby action.
All of the local and national round-up from the weekends rugby action.
Ellingham and Ringwood RFC
A resounding victory for Ellingham and Ringwood against Chichester II kept them at sixth in the Hampshire Premier but pulled themselves closer to the top five being only two points off fourth and fifth. Danny Partrice stood out having scored a hattrick on what was a simple day for the home side. Final Score: Ellingham and Ringwood 66 Chichester II 12
Fordingbridge were at home to Locksheath Pumas on Saturday afternoon looking to win their first game of the season after losing the first five. It wasn’t to be though and that leaves Fordingbridge bottom of the Hampshire Premier with five losses from the first five games. They play 8th placed Sandown and Shanklin next week. Final Score: Fordingbridge 10 Locksheath Pumas 23
New Milton and District RFC
New Milton and District are now into the top four of the Hampshire Premier after beating Eastleigh II on Saturday afternoon. The game was close at half-time with the teams separated by a point with the score at 14-15, but New Milton took control in the second half and cruised to victory. Final Score: New Milton and District 36 Eastleigh 22
After a week off in the South-West Premier League, Bournemouth travelled to second placed Hornets. Hornets hadn’t lost this season and therefore it was going to be a tough test for the away side. The Hornets dominated the game and showed why they were still unbeaten this season. Next up for Bournemouth is a home game next Saturday against Ivybridge who are two places below them. Final Score: Hornets 42 Bournemouth 18
Northampton Saints V Worcester Warriors
Worcester Warriors were subject to a Friday night hammering after they capitulated at Franklins Gardens. After taking the lead early on, Saints turned on the style and in all scored 10 tries. A hattrick for debutant Courtnall Skosan, along with braces for Alex Mitchell and Tommy Freeman and the rest from Dan Biggar, Api Ratuniyarawa and Rory Hutchinson completed a remarkable victory. For Worcester, their combined last three results are 156-18 against them and with little to no positives from this game its back to the drawing board. Final Score: Saints 66 Worcester 10.
Exeter Chiefs V London Irish
For the first time in seven months, London Irish have won a game in the premiership with an outstanding victory away at Exeter. Declan Kidney’s team scored five tries to sink one of the title favourites. Irish had two in the first 10 minutes through Agustin Creevy and Curtis Rona. Exeter pulled themselves back into the game and the teams went in at 14-14 at half-time. But Irish found another gear in the second half and three tries sealed their victory. The win puts Irish into ninth and Exeter now sit in sixth after a mixed bag of results to start the season. Final Score: Exeter 21 London Irish 33.
Gloucester V Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester are now four games unbeaten as they beat Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon. Both teams scored two tries in the game but the higher penalty count for Newcastle was their downfall with Lloyd Evans kicking five penalties. Gloucester led 13-0 at the break, through two penalties and a Val Rapava Ruskin try. Throughout the second half they didn’t surrender the lead and Jonny May sealed the game three minutes from time with a score in the corner. Newcastle scored late in added time, but it wasn’t enough to even gain a losing bonus point. Final Score: Gloucester 29 Newcastle Falcons 20.
Harlequins V Bath Rugby
After the dismal display from Bath last weekend, many Bath fans would have feared the worst for their trip to the champions, Harlequins. But all in all, the result could have been a lot worse. Quins may have won the game, but Bath restored a bit of pride. Quins scored twice in the first 15 minutes through centre Andre Esterhuizen. Bath battled back though and scored two in six minutes before the end of the half and led 17-12. Quins turned on the style in the second half though and two tries from Joe Marchant sealed Quins the win and put them back into second in the league with five wins from six. Final score: Harlequins 31 Bath 17
Leicester Tigers V Sale Sharks
Leicester keep up their 100% win streak after a strong win at home to Sale. A try a piece for both sides with Leicester scoring through Hanro Liebenberg and Sale scoring a late try through Curtis Langdon. The rest of the points were scored off the tee, but Leicester were too strong for the team from Manchester and held on to the win. This now puts them top of the table with 27 points and six from six, gaining good momentum for the East Midlands derby next weekend. Final Score: Leicester Tigers 19 Sale Sharks 11.
Saracens V Wasps
Wasps were succumbed to a heavy defeat at the Stone X stadium on Sunday afternoon. A vast injury list for Wasps gave them a huge disadvantage going into the game. That gap in class was exposed. Tries from Jamie George, Billy Vunipola, Alex Lozowski and Ben Earl along with four tries for Max Malins completed a second high scoring result in as many games for Sarries. Final Score: Saracens 56 Wasps 15.