Rugby


Things are clearly looking up at Sidmouth after the sort of start to the season they would rather forget. Sidmouth only won once in their first eight games – and that was wiped out by a penalty for fielding an ineligible player at Kingsbridge. Once players started drifting back from injury, or in the case …

Bristol will look to build on last weekend’s 26-3 win at Darlington Mowden Park when they face Richmond (2.30pm) in one of today’s two Tyrrells Premier 15s League matches. Both teams have won four of their five games to date but Richmond are one place and eight points adrift of Bristol, having fewer bonus points …

Plymouth Albion’s 29-3 National League one victory over Hull Ionians last weekend at Brickfields came at a cost. Former Exeter Chiefs and Cornish Pirates winger Jack Arnott dislocated his shoulder and joins fellow back Robin Wedlake and No.8 Herbie Stupple on the sidelines as long- term casualties. “We couldn’t put the shoulder back in on …

Student rugby is certainly going well at Hartpury right now. The Under-18 squad won their eighth national AASE championship in nine seasons this past week, while the university side, after a slow start to the season, made it back-to-back wins by beating Loughborough University at home on Wednesday night. There is also some encouraging news …

North Petherton team manager Pete Woolacott remains upbeat, despite the derby defeat at Bridgwater. He said: “It was a tight game and there was nothing in it at half-time. On reflection, we should have taken advantage of the penalties on offer in the first half. In the end a couple of missed tackles cost us …

Bath Rugby have confirmed that Josh Bayliss, Tom Ellis and Elliot Stooke have all signed contract extensions with the club. 20 year old, former Millfield School student, Bayliss will make the step into the senior squad for the 2018/19 season. Having made his Aviva Premiership debut in November against London Irish, Bayliss looks to continue …

Four Bath tries in the final 14 minutes rather took the gloss off what had been an outstanding Exeter Chiefs performance as they stretched their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership table to eight points. Bath, who turned up at Sandy Park in third place in the table and with only one defeat …

ON-LOAN hooker Dan Frost marked his Cornish Pirates debut with a match-winning try against third-place Bedford. Frost dived over the top of a ruck from close range with 10 minutes remaining to seal a victory that made it six wins out of seven in all competitions for the Cornishmen. Frost is on loan from National …

League Tables

Premiership
P
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts.
1Exeter19150456636477
2Saracens19140554638868
3Gloucester19121649842360
4Harlequins19901048146550
5Wasps19901042546747
6Northampton19901050045446
7Bath1982941742645
8Sale1991939044044
9Bristol19701244152841
10Leicester19701240855438
11Worcester19701242347037
12Newcastle Falcons19601334746330
Championship
POS
TEAM
P
W
D
L
F
A
BP
PTS
1London Irish2119028023281894
2Ealing2117047214701886
3Bedford Blues2112095945901664
4Jersey Reds2112095314061563
5Cornish Pirates2190125104881854
6Nottingham21101104955591052
7Yorkshire Carnegie21100114535281151
8Coventry2181124616141246
9London Scottish2180134515891143
10Doncaster2180135275711042
11Hartpury RFC217014394612735
12Richmond215016403587929