In National League 1, Monty Bradbury continued his affiliation with nearby Rosslyn Park in a thrilling 47-36 encounter against Moseley at Billesley Common.
Playing out the full 80 minutes at out-half, Bradbury pulled the strings in the instrumental win with solid kicking from hand and the tee, contributing a vital 12 points on the day with Park now sitting fourth in the division.
High-flying Rams boasted three Irish players in their ranks in their win over Leeds Tykes; Michael Dykes, Lucas Brooke and Ollie Allan aiding in the Reading-based outfit’s ninth consecutive league victory.
Dykes, starting at 15 and finishing the game at 10, carried solidly as well as slotting a late conversion, with Allan and Brooke maintaining the ruck speed and defensive effort respectively as replacements.
At Grantchester Road, first year Senior Academy player Afolabi Fasogbon made a sizeable impact off the bench for Esher against Cambridge with a late resurgence from the Surrey side.
Initially trailing 33-0, Esher clawed back the scoreline to a final score of 38-24, the prop contributed to Esher’s late effort with solid metres made but it wasn’t to be for Peter Winterbottom’s men.
For Esher’s second team in the HALBRO Raging Bull Shield Division 1, fellow first years Calum Scott (hooker) and Oran Murphy (prop) completed the full encounter against Barnes’ second XV.
With a solid outing at the set-piece for both, Scott’s ball in hand ability saw him elected to carry Esher Cardinals beyond the gain line on numerous occasions but it was Barnes who gained a narrow yet valuable 21-17 win.
England under-18s camp
A notable six junior Exiles have been included in the upcoming England under-18s South camp in the coming weeks.
Ralph McEachran (prop), Kepu Tuipulotu (hooker), Finn Worley-Brady (back-row), Cameron Ellis (centre), Rory Taylor (fly-half) and Sam Rockley (wing) will all link up with Jonathan Pendlebury’s side.
Congratulations to all involved!