After taking a week off, this did not deter the academy loan clubs from loosing any momentum, all gaining wins at the weekend to help with their promotion push.
National League 1
Five of the Harlequins Academy helped Esher easily beat a struggling & young Otley team this weekend to maintain their position at the top of the table. Ross Chisholm, Seb Jewell, Joe Marler, Sam Stitcher and Chris York were all in attendance.
Esher started out the stronger of the two getting off the mark with a penalty and a try. Otley then went a man down after a yellow card from a weak scrum giving Esher the momentum to drive over the line for another try. Two more tries for Esher and also one for Otley before the half ended had secured a bonus point for the visitors.
Otley came out after half time and crashed over the line, but a resilient Esher fought their way to get another three tries from Sam Stitcher, Gaynor and Loizides to finish 10-57.
National League 2
Rob Buchanan helped Ealing defeat Southend after being down 5-20 at half time. Ealing's number ten kicked 14 points in the second half and set up three tries in a brilliant second half display to win.
The home side scored first but couldn't manage to convert their possession into more points. Slack defending let Southend back in and gave their outside centre two tries, both of which were converted and gave them the large half time lead.
Ealing completely dominated the second half, with their number ten taking hold of proceedings making two breaks, finished off each by two different players. A cross kick was perfectly placed into the arms of the replacement to touch down in the corner for the next try and with one more try each, plus extras, finished the half 39-28 to end a very thrilling second half.
Rosslyn Park 48
Ollie Lindsay-Hague and Will Collier turned up for Rosslyn Park to give the promotion seeking team a bonus point win to notch them closer to the top of the table.
Henley started the proceedings by kicking a penalty to get their only points of the game, but this was soon cancelled out by Park's Ross Laidlaw, who quickly doubled his tally. A knee injury to one of Henley's players saw him stretchered off and the team loose their composure. A break from the scrum saw the ball out to the wing and with an easy run in the ball was touched down in the corner and the extras put through the posts.
An interception just inside the Henley half saw Park run in another try only two minutes later. The third try of the half was after multiple phases of play, saw Jonny Barrett crash over the line. The conversion from that try took Park into the changing room with a 24 point lead, 27-3.
Park's second half was pretty similar, adding three tries early on, but another injury to Henley and a sin binning to one of Park's replacements saw no tries in the last half hour. Park defended their lead valiantly and came away with a well deserved maximum number of points, 48-3 at the final whistle.
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