- Nick Rawsthorne kicks Prince Henry's to win over Moulton
- Truro College too good for St Paul's
Prince Henry’s Grammar School continued their unbeaten start to the season in the RFU AASE League North with a hard-fought 25-9 win over Moulton College on Wednesday.
In greasy conditions, Moulton made life very difficult for high-flying Prince Henry’s, particularly in the contact area where there was no shortage of crunching tackles from both sides.
Prince Henry’s had a slender 9-6 half-time lead thanks to three penalties from full back Nick Rawsthorne, with Moulton fly half Harry Sheppard reducing the arrears to three points with two penalties of his own.
The second half followed a similar pattern with both sides striving to win the territory battle.
Rawsthorne added two more penalties for Prince Henry’s, whilst Sheppard added another for Moulton, before the match-winning passage unfolded in the wider channels.
Lightning-fast Prince Henry’s wing Dan Tai used his pace and power to round two Moulton defenders and score under the posts.
Rawsthorne then added a penalty with the final play to bring a scrappy but absorbing encounter to an end.
Prince Henry’s coach Andy Rock said afterwards: "The conditions played a part, but the biggest factor for me was the environment we played in and how we reacted to their behaviour. I think we kept our composure pretty well.
"The most disappointing aspect for me was our lack of attention to the space – we could have used the ball better in the conditions so we'll review that."
Elsewhere in the Northern League, Myerscough consolidated their second place position in the league with a tense 19-17 win away to Worcester and Oaklands beat Gosforth with a try deep into injury time to prevail 31-27.
The big match in the southern section saw Truro College condemn St Paul’s to their second consecutive defeat in Cornwall.
Truro were trailing 12-10 at half-time in windy conditions, with lock Ed Holmes crossing for St Paul’s. But the second half saw Truro take control to score three tries and snatch all five points.
Head coach Marek Churcher hailed his side’s most complete performance of the season.
"We stuck to our game plan in the second half, and were just more clinical than they were," he explained.
"It was probably our most complete performance of the season, we still have areas to work on though.
"Still, this is probably the best side we’ve had at Truro since the Daily Mail Cup-winning side four years ago."
Hartpury College followed up their dramatic win against Filton College last week with a 35-5 win against Henley College, scoring five tries through George Edgson, Will Hayward, Harry Wilson, Kai Little and Tom Griffiths.
Filton scored nine tries themselves en route to their win in the other Southern League tie against Ivybridge, running out 53-14 victors.
Head coach George Tavner concluded: “After a couple of narrow defeats it was important to get back to winning ways today. The performance reflected the hard work the boys have put in which is pleasing.
"We defended much better today and were pretty clinical when we had opportunities in attack. We are getting better with every game which is a good sign."