- Hartpury see off Filton with bonus-point win
- Moulton and Oaklands play out thrilling 24-24 draw
Hartpury, Truro, Mysercough and Prince Henry’s were the teams to come away with wins from round eight of the RFU AASE League, with a draw played out between Moulton College and Oaklands College.
On the new 3G pitch at Filton College on Wednesday, two old rivals met as Hartpury College travelled to Filton for a top of the table clash in AASE League South.
A win for either side would leave them with one foot in the play-offs, which made for a feisty and bruising West Country derby under lights.
In a clinical first half display, Hartpury scored three unanswered tries. The first was scored by lock Henry Harper after a powerful driving maul.
The visitors ran in two more tries before the break, fly half Matt Protheroe scoring both. The first was an easy finish for the mercurial fly half who was on hand to finish a beautifully architected backline move.
The second was a piece of individual brilliance as Protheroe darted around several Filton defenders to dot down under the posts.
Filton snatched back a try of their own after half-time, centre Chay Smith crossing for the home side.
But Hartpury sealed the bonus point win with Protheroe capping a fine individual display by scoring his third.
Two late efforts from Filton through Andy Uren and Brad Kislingbury were quite not enough for Filton to snatch a late losing bonus point, and Hartpury ran out 26-17 winners.
That defeat for Filton saw Truro College move up into the second play-off spot as they romped to a 48-18 win against Ivybridge Community College.
The tries were shared evenly across the Cornish side, with Neil Stanleick, Tommy Phillips, Jack Oulton, Joel Matavesi, Jack Simmons and Luke Hattam all crossing in a bonus-point win.
In AASE League North, Moulton College and Oaklands College played out an entertaining 24-24 draw.
Moulton took the most from the game by scoring four tries through Cameron Lee-Everton, Tim Cardall, Luke Hibberd, and Danny Taylor, while Hayden King, Richie Stewart and Ben Rowinsky scored tries for Oaklands.
Myerscough recorded a bonus-point win after they bagged six tries to beat Gosforth 34-3 thanks to scores from Luke Ferrier, Rory Hardman, Brendon Berry, Jake Maher and Henry Hadfield.
In the other AASE League North fixture, Prince Henry’s continued their unbeaten season with a comfortable 54-7 win against Worcester Sixth Form College.