There was also a trio of tries for Rosslyn Park's Luc Smith as the brother of England and Harlequins star Marcus helped his side to a 46-12 win away at Tonbridge Juddians. Elsewhere, Cambridge are still hunting down a top three finish after defeating Bishop's Stortford 41-19 at Volac Park and the local bragging rights went to Chinnor as Mark Darlington's try on 79 minutes snatched a 43-40 triumph over Rams RFC. National Two North Hull survived three yellow-cards against neighbours Hull Ionians to secure a 31-29 victory and in doing so, sealed promotion to National One. Gary Pearce's men had Stephen Johnson and Will Hall in the sin-bin inside the opening quarter as the I's - who also had Alex Campbell yellow-carded - built a 12-7 lead thanks to Ben Stephenson's effort and a penalty try. However, Hull were able to regather themselves and surge ahead with tries from Ali Thompson, Mike Adlard and Simon Humberstone but this pulsating derby continued to entertain.
Sale were fantastic on the day and caused us loads of problems, but we fixed the problems. I couldn't be any happier! We never thought it would happen. I don't think anyone in the club thought it would happen, but it has! " "I have had some great teams here at Caldy and I have met some top people over the years, but I wouldn't have rather won it with a different team, " added captain JJ Dickinson. "This is my childhood club and to find our way to the Championship with all my mates is just fairytale, isn't it? " WE ARE CHAMPIONS OF NATIONAL ONE. @Champrugby HERE WE COME. pic. twitter. com/rcEFUI4UDF — Caldy RFC (@CaldyRFC) April 23, 2022 Whilst matters at the top of National One were settled on Saturday, the attention nows turns to the bottom where Leeds Tykes have moved out of the relegation zone after defeating Darlington Mowden Park 30-15 on Friday night.
Sale, as they have done for a large portion of this season, kept the pressure on Caldy during this contest and did lead 9-7 shortly after the break, but they could not get over the whitewash at a packed out Paton Field. Jonathan Keep's side knew they had to depart the Wirral with a victory in order to take the title race to the final weekend of the campaign, but despite their best efforts, the National One trophy was lifted by a Caldy side that ended their term on a 17-game winning run. "Elated, all about the lads, " Caldy Director of Rugby Gareth Davies told The National League Rugby Review Show. "They were absolutely brilliant again.
An early try from Pierre Thompson set the tone for the Eees who raced into a 20-0 lead. The scrum-half went on to add a second whilst No. 10 Sam Morley kicked 10 points before the interval. Fergus Donnelly and Tomasz Pozniak both dotted down in a four minute window to keep Peter Winterbottom's side firmly in the ascendancy and their victory was ultimately wrapped up when Tom James scored Esher's fifth just before the hour. Another great win in front of a huge crowd for @esherrugby 39-19 @WorthingRFC #Rugby#sportsphotography pic. com/ppusLJY9Tc — Leo the Photographer (@mega_pics_sell) April 23, 2022 Worthing did rally as Dan Sargent, Jack Forrest and Kemp Price all crossed but it was too little, too late as Esher took another step towards a return to National One.
Hull Ionians responded with Lewis Minikin, Chris Morton and Josh Thundercliffe all going over as they wiped out the league leaders' 14 point advantage to nudge themselves in front. To add to Hull's problems, they also had Laurence Cowan sin-binned during this period. — Hull RUFC (@hullrugbyunion) April 24, 2022 The table toppers were now 29-26 down- which still would have been enough for them to clinch the National Two North title - but Hull had other ideas as with the clock in the red, Reece Dean scooted over to send the Ferens Ground into a frenzy as Pearce's boys created history. "Very emotional, " Pearce told The National League Rugby Review Show.
As for Redruth, they were also in a relentless mood as nine tries - including a hat-trick from Jack Oulton - saw them breeze past Barnstaple. Nigel Hambly's men know they must beat Leicester Lions on the final day of the campaign and hope Esher stumble at Rochford Hundred if they are to stand any chance of gaining promotion to the third tier. Clifton's title bid has now officially come to an end after the Lavendar and Blacks lost an entertaining Bristol derby 32-31 against Dings Crusaders.
Elsewhere, Angus White's late try helped Tynedale to a narrow 27-24 win over Blaydon, Loughborough Students beat Bournville 19-16 and Wharfedale ran in eight tries to comfortably defeat Harrogate 56-18. National Two South The National Two South battle for promotion will go to the final weekend of the season after both Esher and Redruth recorded maximums in Round 29. League leaders Esher overpowered Worthing Raiders to clinch a 39-19 win which keeps them four points clear at the top and in control of the title race.
Despite their loss to the Tykes, Darlington Mowden Park are safe from relegation as are Plymouth Albion who clinched a 54-17 victory over Taunton Titans at Brickfields, with winger Alex Ducker bagging himself a hat-trick. That result in Devon means it has now become a straight shootout for survival between Leeds Tykes and Blackheath.
"You put a lot into it, the lads have put a lot into it so to also come away with that result in the manner of the game as well just makes it all the more emotional. I did it [gained promotion] with the I's way back so do it with these (Hull) is fantastic. " The race for the silver medal spot is still on as both Rotherham Titans (2nd) and third-placed Sedgley Park collected healthy wins in Round 29. Kieran Curran scored two of the Titans' seven tries during their 41-22 win away at Sheffield Tigers whilst Sedge saw off Huddersfield 35-7 at Lockwood Park, with the hosts having Laurence Sanderson red-carded. Stourbridge have secured a top four finish in National Two North as Matt Moseley's brace helped the Midlands side come from behind to beat Luctonians 31-24 whilst a late penalty for Chester against Fylde - who had Matt Garrod sent off - saw them rescue a 20-20 draw at Hare Lane.