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Round 5

Hartpury Shift Durham Off The Top Spot Whilst Loughborough Gain Revenge Over Local Rivals

MATCH 1: Hartpury Topple Durham's Unbeaten Run 

Having won every game so far this season, Durham's streak came to an end thanks to visitors Hartpury. With Hartpury losing their first three fixtures of the season, the team enter week 6 with back-to-back victories.

In the first half the visiting team converted five tries in contrast to Durham's one. Sadly for Durham, this lead provided too large for them to overcome. Durham continued to fight throughout with Paddy McDuell opening the scoring in the second half yet the palatinate purple could not stop Hartpury as they secured a further three tries to finish the game 17-57. 

MATCH 2: Bath Secure A Tight Victory Over South West Rivals Exeter 

With both teams battling at the top of the league table, both Bath and Exeter entered the fixture with a clear objective. At the break Bath has already claimed their try bonus point thanks to scorers Hugo Stiles, Finn Murphy, Austin Hay and Will Partington in contrast to Exeter's two tries from Matt Blee and Richard Chapstick. 

Throughout the second half both sides showed their determination to claim the victory point. Exeter shortened Bath's lead upon the restart thanks to a penalty however Bath stayed strong, with Murphy scoring his second try to ultimately win the game for Bath. Despite losing, Exeter did not leave empty handed, a late try and penalty ensured that the team left with two bonus points in their pockets. 

MATCH 3: 14-Man Northumbria Hold Victory Against Cardiff Met

Despite being reduced to 14, Northumbria secured a narrow win against a pressing Cardiff Met.

Having fallen behind at half time (21-12), Cardiff Met were quick to cut the deficit to five points in the restart. Luckily for Northumbria Josh Hodge was able to extend the home side's lead with a conversion to his own try. Cardiff Met did not let this phase them as they continued to throw everything towards the home side, securing a fourth try to bring the game down to the wire. Tensions continued to rise when Northumbria were reduced to 14 after Tom Galbraith was shown a yellow, but unfortunately for Cardiff Met Northumbria were able to hold on to the home win 28-24.  

MATCH 4: Loughborough Revenge Season Opener Defeat Against Nottingham Trent

With Nottingham Trent stealing the victory from Loughborough in their 2018/19 season opener, Loughborough were hungry for revenge. With Trent failing to score in the second half Loughborough continued to press Trent throughout reflected in a heavy 41-3 defeat for the away side. 

MATCH 5: Leeds Beckett Make Quick Return To Winning Ways

Having lost last week away to Bath, Leeds Beckett were keen to return to their winning ways. At the break Beckett had already created a comfortable 21-0 lead against Cardiff. Cardiff responded well after the break but the hosts quickly followed to claim their first bonus point of the game. Beckett's Jonny Keh wrapped up the win with one final Beckett try to finish the match 35-7.  

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