RUGBY: The perfect start continues for both Hartpury teams

Hartpury’s perfect start in the National League Division 1 continued after a victory over Cambridge. The 54-32 scoreline secured a ninth bonus point win in a row.

It was an energetic performance from the Gloucestershire based side, with a trio of under-20 internationals playing a key role. Seven tries were scored by Hartpury, yet conceding four will concern the coaching staff due to the high standards that they have set so far this season.

The standards are so high due to their perfect start to the new campaign.

Hartpury 34-0 Blackheath
Hartpury 37-14 Plymouth Albion
Esher 13-32 Hartpury
Hartpury 57-14 Flyde
Coventry 23-27 Hartpury
Hartpury 43-14 Hull Ionians
Blaydon 5-47 Hartpury
Hartpury 49-14 Ampthill
Cambridge 32-54 Hartpury

As a result of this, Hartpury sit comfortably at the top of the division. The success story doesn’t stop there, however, with the female side Gloucester-Hartpury topping the Women’s Championship Midlands 2 league table.

They have averaged 88.8 points scored per game in just five matches, including a 105-0 victory over Bridgnorth Ladies.

The impact of both Hartpury sides in Rugby has been frightful, especially for any of the opposition teams who have faced them so far this campaign.

Everyone at the club is delighted with how things are going this season, alongside the development of players, no more so than Hartpury’s Director of Rugby.

John Barnes said: “No Hartpury senior side has lost so far this year and that’s a pretty outstanding achievement.

“We set our stall out before the season started to play good, attacking rugby, and we’ve done that, but we’re also executing better, finishing off our tries, and we’ve been defensively solid too.

“We’ve played some good sides in the early part of the season but we have been fortunate with the fixtures as we’ve played them at home. We know we need to accumulate all the points we can before Christmas because we will travel to the top sides in the second half of the season.”

Hartpury face 12th placed Rosslyn Park next weekend, with Gloucester-Hartpury Women not playing until the 27th of November where they will play local rivals Worcester Ladies II.


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