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Round 17

Another fantastic week of rugby saw Exeter dragged back into the mix after their loss last week was followed by a resounding defeat by Bath on Wednesday afternoon.

 Match 1 Exeter 21-34 Bath


Bath were quick of the mark dotting down within the first five minutes of the game, which was shortly answered by Exeter’s Olly White.  Regaining their momentum, Bath broke away scoring 3 tries before the end of the half. 


Scores from Exeter’s Rory McKeikan and Matt Johnson coupled with seamless kicking from Morley gave Exeter somewhat of a way back into the game which was shortly dismissed as Bath went over to broaden their lead. 


21-34 Bath sees Exeter lead just four points ahead going into the final round of BSR fixtures, where Bath will need to take home three points against 9thplace Loughborough to stand any chance of taking top spot.  


Match 2 Cardiff Met 24-30 Hartpury


With just two penalties in it, Cardiff Met were just shy of a much-needed win to pip their opposition in hopes of securing a top four spot. 


Scores from Met’s Harvey Scott in the first half, followed by Luke Northmore, Harry Johnston and Jack Wright in the second secured the side a bonus point despite the score line.


Following Hartpury’s slim win puts them in contention with Bath for 2ndspot going into next week’s fixtures. Met need to secure a W against 5thplace Durham.


Match 3 Durham 7-13 Leeds Beckett


A scoreless half for Durham meant Beckett led 13-0 at the break after dotting down and crossing two penalties which was enough to secure an away win ahead of the second half. 


Durham’s Luke Chadwick put the home side on the board with ten minutes to go but wasn’t good enough to catchup with the visitors.  


Continuing their winning streak, Becketts win against 5thplace Durham keeps them in the contest for a top four finish.


Match 4 Nottingham Trent 43-41 Northumbria


It was try-galore on Wednesday afternoon as Trent and Northumbria went head to head in a closely fought battle which saw underdogs Trent take the W.


Tries from Harry Clempson, Will Sutton, Cecil MacCarthy and Alex Goble gave Trent a convincing 36-10 lead at the interval. Exchanging tries after the break, Trent’s Harry Graham also got his name on the score sheet. 


Despite scoring four tries on the trot to close down Trent’s lead, Northumbria failed to seal the win.  


After this performance, Trent remain 10th in the table, with two games to prove themselves and avoid relegation. 

Match 5 Loughborough 24-26 Cardiff


Tries from Huw Roberts, James Jennings and George Thomas (2) put Cardiff in the lead 26-5, with Austin Wallis dotting down for Loughborough.


Following the interval, the Loughborough’s Sam Garvey, Max Hill and Jamie Cox closed the gap between the teams, 24-26, with nine minutes to go. 


Despite Loughborough best efforts with the crowd behind them, they fell short of a much needed three points, leaving them 9thgoing into next weeks fixtures.


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