30th January 2018, 17:48 | university

LOUGHBOROUGH PUT EIGHTY PAST EXETER

LOUGHBOROUGH PUT EIGHTY PAST EXETER

By Dan Richardson

UNIVERSITY ROUND UP – PREMIER SOUTH

LOUGHBOROUGH PUT EIGHTY PAST EXETER

Only two games were played in the Premier South this week, one of which was a very close match, the other quite the opposite.

Coming off the back of a great win last week, Exeter travelled to Loughborough and for the opening period of the game they tested the home side. However, after eventually breaking down the visitors, Loughborough began to run away with the fixture and the final score saw an 80-4 win for Loughborough.

Harry Binnion crossed five times in this match for the home side, with Daniel Davies, Lewis Taylor and Reuben Kelly all scoring twice. Despite Binnion’s five tries, it was Davies that was given the man-of-the-match award after his superb performance.

Other try scorers were Lewis Russel and Josh Boulger, with Boulger also adding the conversions. Loughborough’s Taylor said: “It was a very good overall performance.

“We made good yards in the middle, offloaded well and we finished well out wide with some good decision making from our half backs.”

Exeter’s only try scorer was James Lee with Brandon Jones awarded their man-of-the-match. The away sisde’s vice captain, Tom Pettengell, said: “It was always going to be a challenge playing Loughborough away and after a closely fought 20 minutes they started to pull away and we struggled to keep up.”

The only other match played in the Premier South this week saw Gloucestershire earn a 22-16 away win over Nottingham Trent.

This was a close contest with the away side crossing just once more than their opposition to take the win. Try scorers for Gloucestershire were Luke Stephens, Paul Bolger, Aaron Seath and Will Gilder, followed by three successful conversions from Josh Verity.

Gloucestershire’s captain, Errol Carter, said: “It was great to get back to winning ways and end the regular season on a high. It was a good win against a much improved Nottingham Trent side.”

Max Angell, Joe Harrison-Brown and Ben McNichol scored for the home team with two successful conversion attempts from Lewis Allot. Toby Cornish was given Nottingham Trent’s man-of-the-match.

Nottingham Trent’s President Henry Dean said: “It was a tough fought match, we deserved to win but couldn’t match our performance with tries.”