26th October 2017, 14:23 | university

Loughborough bathe in glory

Loughborough bathe in glory

University round-up - Southern Premier

By Dan Richardson

Loughborough played hosts to Bath in this week’s round of fixtures in the Premier South, with the home side earning a huge 78-12 win.

14 tries were scored by Loughborough this week, with one hat-trick from Elliot Hall supported by two tries each from Lewis Lord, Josh Boulger and Jake Lavin. The remaining five tries were scored by Lewis Taylor, Dom Woodfine, Jamie Paris, Tommy Chipchase and Jonty Cook, who also kicked two conversions.

Nine more conversions were kicked by Harry Chapman, with Lavin awarded the man of the match for the home team. Bath’s two tries were scored by Kwame Kwaasi and Jake Lucas, as Rory Hamilton converted both and Sam Fraser was given the man of the match.

Loughborough’s Lewis Taylor said: “Strong play by the forwards set a good platform for the backs to be able to find a lot of space. We’re improving every week and we proved our ability to be clinical and finish well. Still a few errors we need to iron out but overall it was a good performance.”

Elsewhere, Exeter earned a solid away win over Nottingham Trent after scoring eight tries with seven different try scorers. Jack Ellis got two with the rest being scored by Dom Brook, Nick Stewart, Matt Williams, Dan Taylor, Guy Dexter and Josh Graham.

The away side gave their man of the match to Josh Sterne while Nottingham Trent’s man of the match was awarded to Lewis Allot, who also kicked the one conversion. The only try from the home team was scored by Henry Bartlett.

The only other match in the Premier South was St Mary’s against Gloucestershire, the home team came out on top with a 32-18 win. Six tries scored but only a 50 per cent success rate from conversions, as Rhys Joel kicked just three.

But Joel was amongst the tries himself, as he crossed for one along with Donovan Noble, Josh Robson, Charlie Greene, Eric Sims and Elis Staines all getting one each. Although not amongst the scorers, the man of the match award was given to Ciaran Howard.

Gloucestershire’s three try scorers were Luke Stephens, Josh Verity and Ben Stead, the latter was successful with the three conversion attempts. The away side’s man of the match award was given to Paul Bolger.