Stu­dents edge it in 11-try thriller

The Rugby Paper - - National League 1 - ■ By SIOBHAN KELLY

LOUGHBOROUGH pow­ered to a vi­tal home vic­tory over Esher to lift the strug­gling stu­dents above Ross­lyn Park.

The vis­i­tors drew first blood as Thomas Trot­ter touched down in the 11th minute – Stephen Boat­man con­vert­ing to add to his ear­lier penalty.

But Jack Moates re­sponded just four min­utes later, with Owen Waters also adding to his ear­lier penalty as the scores were lev­elled.

An­other Waters penalty put the Stu­dents ahead, be­fore Jack Sta­p­ley fur­ther im­proved their lead with a try that the fly-half con­verted.

Thomas James once again cut the Stu­dents lead as he crossed be­fore the half hour mark – Boat­man con­vert­ing – and when Ben Loader went over five min­utes later, Esher were ahead.

Cameron Zeiss crossed on the stroke of half time to give the vis­i­tors a 31-20 lead at the whis­tle.

But a penalty try on 46 min­utes and a Luke Frost score just shy of the hour mark – Waters con­vert­ing – soon had the home side ahead.

Ben Betts then made it two con­verted scores in three min­utes and an­other Waters penalty put the Stu­dents 42-31 ahead with eight min­utes to play.

Devlin Hope and Ge­orge Davis ex­changed scores in the clos­ing min­utes as Loughborough held on for the win.

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