Raiders secure bonus-point win over Hartpury

WORTHING Raiders Rugby Club recorded a bonus-point 29-14 win over fellow high-flyers Hartpury College on Saturday (March 3) in National 2 South.

Fifth-placed Hartpury took the lead on 24 minutes when Sebastien Rodwell went over and Gareth Knox converted.

Third-placed Raiders responded well, though, and, after Matt McLean kicked a penalty, they touched down twice in the space of two minutes through Jack Maslen’s excellent run from his own half and Kiba Richards.

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McLean kicked one of the conversions to give Raiders a 15-7 half-time lead.

Man-of-the-match Maslen went over for his second try on 54 minutes, with McLean again converting, before Worthing secured their four-try bonus point five minutes later.

A quick passing move between Ben Dudley, McLean and Jamie Redmayne saw Redmayne go over, with McLean again adding the extras.

Hartpury scored a late converted penalty try as Raiders comfortably held on for the win.

Raiders coach Kieron Dawson said: “We’ve played the two teams below us in our last two games and beaten them both, so have made it a three horse race for the title now.

“It’s a huge game at Richmond next week now and it would be great to see as many Raiders fans as possible there.”