Cornish Pirates suffered their first defeat of the season while London Irish and Yorkshire remain unbeaten in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Cornish Pirates suffered their first defeat of the season while London Irish and Yorkshire remain unbeaten in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Here are five stories from an eventful weekend of action. 

Hat-trick hero Tapley gives Blues a lift
Bedford Blues picked up their first Greene King IPA Championship win of the season on Saturday, and they had Pat Tapley to thank as he ran in a hat-trick to down Richmond 34-14 at Goldington Road.

Neither side had recorded a victory this season ahead of kick-off, but Bedford looked to be in control at half-time as they led 19-7 thanks to Tapley’s first, as well as tries for Michael Le Bourgeois and Dean Adamson.

Tapley grabbed his second on 53 minutes, but Greene King IPA Championship new-boys Richmond refused to lie down and Jeremy Cunnew bundled over at the other end.

However, Tapley completed his treble and with Cunnew in the bin Ed Taylor barged over to complete the scoring and give the Bedford Blues fans something to celebrate.

London Irish shine under Friday night lights
London Irish made it five wins from as many games on Friday night as they won 29-7 at Nottingham.
And they did not waste time getting going as Scott Steele gave the Exiles the lead after just three minutes, with Tom Bell kicking them further ahead with a penalty.

Fijian international Asaeli Tikoirotuma was next to go over for Nick Kennedy’s men, with hosts Nottingham unable to trouble the scoreboard in the first 40 minutes.

London Irish started the second half as they did the first with a quick try for Max Northcote-Green, and they were celebrating a bonus point as Fergus Mulchrone went over for a fourth.

But Nottingham refused to give in and had the last laugh as TJ Harris crossed the whitewash, with Lawrence Rayner converting.

Scottish survive late Pirates attack
London Scottish edged past Cornish Pirates 25-24 at the Athletic Ground, but they were made to sweat for it as their visitors came storming back after half-time.

Early tries from Grant Shiells and Joe Atkinson saw the hosts lead 15-3 at the interval, with the Pirates only able to muster a Will Cargill penalty in reply.

The Exiles looked set for a third try after the break with Pirates prop Paul Andrew in the sin bin, but a Neale Patrick pass was intercepted by Kyle Moyle and he ran almost the full length of the pitch to score.

London Scottish replied with a Harry Sheppard penalty but the Pirates closed to within a single point as Brett Beukeboom crashed over.

But hooker David Cherry went over at the other end, before Nicolas De Battista followed suit to earn the Pirates a losing bonus point as they suffered defeat for the first time this campaign.

Welsh get back to winning ways
London Welsh snapped a two-game losing streak as Miles Mantella’s second-half try proved to be the winner in a 23-18 triumph over Jersey Reds.

The Exiles welcomed Jersey to Old Deer Park having lost to Yorkshire Carnegie and Cornish Pirates, but so too were the visitors following defeats to Nottingham and Ealing.

The fact that both teams were eager to get back to winning ways was evident as the majority of the scoring was done in the first half.

Hooker Adam Kwasnicki went over for two tries, one of which was converted by Glyn Hughes – who also kicked two penalties – as London Welsh led 18-15 at half-time.

Jersey, who saw George Watkins and Rich Lane go over in the first half, then nudged ahead as Sam Katz knocked over his second penalty of the game shortly after the restart.

But Mantella went over the whitewash on 50 minutes and this proved to be the last score of the match as London Welsh held on, even with Joe Carlisle in the sin bin late on.

Ealing surprise Doncaster
Ealing Trailfinders upset last season’s runners-up Doncaster Knights 27-14 to record their second win of the campaign.

Ben Ward’s Ealing ran in three tries through Joe Munro, debutant Aled Jenkins and Curtis Wilson, while fly-half Aaron Penberthy converted each one, as well as added two penalties.

As for visitors Doncaster, they could only muster a try in each half from Dave Clark and Declan Cusack, both converted by Dougie Flockhart.

The result saw Ealing shoot up to seventh in the table and they now find themselves three points behind fourth-placed Doncaster.