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AASE round up: St.Paul’s and Hartpury battle for home advantage

09 March 2014

  • St Paul's and Hartpury set for pivotal clash
  • Loss to Moulton sends Myerscough out
AASE league action

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St Paul’s and Hartpury will battle for home advantage in the play-offs from the AASE League South next week after St Paul’s confirmed a spot with a 28-5 win against Filton College on Wednesday.

In a high-stakes match at Filton’s WISE campus, St Paul's crossed four times through Ben O' Shea, Conner Murphy, Cameron Cowell and Ed Simmons, Filton only managing an Elias Caven try in response.

The win means St.Paul's will go to Hartpury in their final game in a shoot out for a home semi-final.

St Paul's head coach Giselle Mather said: "Like last week’s game against Truro, yesterday was another great game, hugely physical and very entertaining and testament to how good the South division has been this year.

"Without doubt in my opinion this season has been the most fiercely contested with every side playing some great rugby with some very promising young talent on show.

"Yesterday was very pleasing to see the boys back up last weeks good performance which is something we failed to do earlier on in the season and shows the development of the individuals and the side.

"Next week against Hartpury will be another huge challenge for them and one the boys are really looking forward to. No doubt it will be another cracking game for the league and we are looking forward to playing our part in that.

"I am delighted for the whole squad on reaching the championship play offs as it is reward for all the hard work they have put in."

Filton head coach George Tavner added:"It was an extremely physical game. Our forwards in particular really fronted up.

"I was very pleased with the effort my players put it, but ultimately our execution let us down. That should in no way take away from St Paul's performance. They squeezed us from the beginning and deserved their victory. It is one of the best away performances I have seen at the WISE campus for a number of years. I am confident we will bounce back from this result.

"The players have put in some excellent performances this season. It is important we finish the season in a positive fashion."

Meanwhile Hartpury recorded a 45-5 win against Ivybridge College. There were a brace of tries for Tom Griffiths among tries for Matt Protheroe, George Edgson Cam James, Kane Domesh and Jack Thomas.

Head Coach Sean Marsden says revenge will not be a motivating factor when Hartpury welcome St.Paul’s to Gloucestershire next week, after St Paul’s brought Hartpury’s long unbeaten run to end earlier in the season.

He said:”It was nice to pick up the bonus-point win. We were sloppy at the start though, but we got what we needed and now we can look forward to a huge game with St.Paul’s next week.

“We’re not motivated by revenge. It will be like every other game for us, and as I’ve said before, there are no easy games in this AASE League South.”

Myerscough’s hopes of reaching the play off were brought to an end after they went down 29-14 to Moulton College.

A Jack Branston hat trick was supplemented by tries for Tim Cardall and Alex Tollan for the Northamptonshire college.


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