London Irish return to winning ways while the four clubs that will contest the Greene King IPA Championship play-offs is now confirmed.
Rampant Irish bounce back against Titans
London Irish roared back to form in spectacular style by defeating Rotherham Titans at the Madejski Stadium.
Table-toppers Irish, who were knocked out of the British and Irish Cup by Jersey Reds on last weekend and also suffered their sole Greene King IPA Championship defeat of the season at the hands of the same opposition seven days previous, ran in 12 tries to rack up a thumping 82-3 success.
Rotherham actually opened the scoring courtesy of Caolan Ryan’s third-minute penalty but from there on, the visitors were blown away by an irrepressible green tide.
Alex Lewington led the way with a hat-trick of tries while Fijian international Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Blair Cowan and Brendan McKibbin all helped themselves to doubles, with Ollie Hoskins, Theo Brophy-Clews and Tommy Bell all also crossing the whitewash.
With the boot, Greig Tonks helped himself to seven conversions, with Brophy-Clews also successfully slotting between the posts as Irish put on a fearsome show of power ahead of the play-offs.
Ealing blaze a trail into the play-offs
Ealing Trailfinders booked their first-ever place in the Greene King IPA Championship play-offs in style with an 11-try triumph over London Scottish.
A seventh-successive victory saw Ealing hammer their near neighbours 72-29 and ensure a top-four finish in the second flight for the first time in their history.
Rory Clegg, who also notched up seven conversions, got the ball rolling with a first-half penalty, and the former England Saxons fly-half also crossed the whitewash later on.
Alun Walker, Miles Mantella, Arthur Ellis and Will Harries all scored two tries apiece, with Joe Munro and Josh Davies also dotting down.
Scottish went over five times themselves courtesy of Ewan McQuillin, Jason Harries, Matt Marley, Peter Lydon and Alec Coombes to seal a losing bonus point, Harry Sheppard kicking two successful conversions.
Yorkshire shine at Goldington Road
Ryan Burrows helped himself to a hat-trick as a bonus-point victory on the road at Bedford Blues saw Yorkshire Carnegie make sure of a second-placed finish in the Championship.
Despite only needing a point to mathematically clinch second, Carnegie got the job done with a 43-27 victory at Goldington Road.
Joe Ford slotted four first-half penalties and also converted a Burrows try to hand his team a 19-15 half-time lead and in the second period, skipper Burrows dotted down again, with Ford once again adding the extras.
Jonah Holmes also helped himself to a try, again converted by Ford, while Burrows sealed his treble.
Bedford’s bonus point came courtesy of tries from Dean Adamson, Pat Tapley, Jacob Fields and Jake Sharp, who made up the rest of Bedford’s total with the boot.
The spoils go to the Knights
Doncaster Knights are bound for the play-offs at the expense of Jersey Reds following a 24-20 win over the Islanders at Castle Park.
Knights ended Jersey’s 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions and Richmond’s victory over Cornish Pirates means that they will now fight it out with Ealing Trailfinders for third-place in the final round of the Championship fixtures on 15 April.
Tyson Lewis crossed the whitewash for the home side along with Dougie Flockhart, who also kicked the remainder of his team’s points with the boots, boasting a 100 per cent record by the end of play.
A penalty try and late score from Jake Armstrong, as well as conversions from Callum Sheedy, who also kicked two penalties, and Jack Cuthbert proved in vain for the Islanders.
Richmond put on a late, late show
Richmond bounced back to winning ways with a dramatic last-gasp victory over Cornish Pirates in their final home game of the season.
The south-west Londoners had trailed 28-32 going into the final stages at the Athletic Ground but Chris Davies’ late try handed them only their fifth success of the current campaign, 35-32 ensuring they will avoid bottom spot to finish the season.
Richmond found themselves 14-0 down and then trailed 27-14 at the break but scored tries through Tom Walford, Ronnie McLean-Dents, Jono Woodward and Rob Kirby, who also kicked five conversions.
The Pirates’ scores came through Max Bodilly, Kyle Moyle, Brett Beukeboom and Toby May, who finished with a personal haul of 17 as he took on kicking duties, however the hosts won it at the death.