Ex­eter power pack on top in eight-try rout of Trent

The Rugby Paper - - Feature | National League 3 - ■ By JOE BYRNES

LEAD­ERS Ex­eter crushed rock bot­tom

Not­ting­ham Trent 50-7. Any hope the vis­i­tors had of aveng­ing their first round de­feat were mer­ci­lessly ex­tin­guished by Ex­eter’s all ac­tion pack.

The Devo­ni­ans made their in­ten­tions clear early, de­clin­ing a penalty in front and plump­ing for the cor­ner. Their am­bi­tion was jus­ti­fied as Ge­orge Gosling rum­bled over from the re­sult­ing li­ne­out.

Luc-Pierre Riou then struck with Gosling in hot pur­suit reg­is­ter­ing his sec­ond. Scrum-half Aaron Bag­well scored, be­fore in­tel­li­gent sup­port play al­lowed Felix Madi­son to make it five first-half tries.

Trent’s sole re­sponse was Ted Lan­dray’s un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally er­rant boot, mean­ing they trailed just 29-0 at the break.

The Green Ma­chine lacked the same flu­id­ity in the sec­ond but they still plun­dered three more tries. Gosling com­pleted his hat-trick, Mike Haines scored and Cal­lum Young flopped over. Lan­dray re­dis­cov­ered his touch, con­vert­ing all three.

In­jury rav­aged Trent did reg­is­ter a penalty try late in the day. At Cyn­coed, Cardiff Met turned the ta­bles on

Northum­bria in their re­turn fix­ture.

The Archers notched up their try bonus in the first 40 through Max Llewe­lyn, Tom Ben­jamin, Luke North­more and Harry Johnston. Tom Mor­gan added two conversions while Northum­bria could only muster a penalty try to trail 26-7 at the break.

The men in black re­turned with pur­pose. Josh Brag­man got the score­board tick­ing with a penalty, be­fore con­vert­ing tries from Ralph Johnston and Ge­orge Wa­coke­coke. In a blink

it was 26-24. Mo­men­tum was with the North East out­fit as so of­ten this sea­son, Met found a sec­ond wind.

Tom Mor­gan kicked a penalty, but the killer blow was in­flicted with a con­verted try from Wales U20s Alex Dom­brandt. Llewe­lyn bagged an­other and with the last kick of the game Mor­gan con­signed Northum­bria to their sec­ond suc­ces­sive league loss, 44-24.

Leeds Beck­ett and Bath served up a tense 22-22 af­fair at West Park.

Beck­ett led 5-0 at the break thanks to Zach Scott-Grey in an oth­er­wise for­get­table first half. A con­verted James El­liot try stretched the home side’s ad­van­tage to 12-0 but Bath re­mained in touch with an un­con­verted Char­lie Dun­bar ef­fort.

Kieran Davies landed a penalty for the hosts and when he added price­less ex­tras to Harry Robin­son’s score looked to have clinched it.

But Chris Barry and Levi Davis crossed and in the fi­nal play Finn Mur­phy gave Will Flinn a shot to win the game. Flinn missed, and the spoils were shared al­beit with Bath de­part­ing with an at­tack­ing bonus point.

Durham lost a see­saw match 23-25 to vis­i­tors Hart­pury.

Rhys Tu­dor scored for Hart­pury be­fore Ben Fowles con­verted re­sponse made it 7-5.

Three fur­ther Tom Cat­t­er­ick kicks in­creased the home side’s ad­van­tage but a Nick Car­pen­ter try with ex­tras from Elias Caven saw the half end 16-12.

Caven scored quickly after the restart to take the lead, but missed his kick. In the 50th minute Durham lurched back ahead through Char­lie Nor­man and with Cat­t­er­ick again on tar­get a pre­cious win was in sight.

Luke Strat­ford had other no­tions, though, and Caven added a penalty to take four points to the south west.

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