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Rugby round-up: Prince scores hat-trick as Maidenhead RFC edge a thriller at Launceston

Launceston RFC 42, Maidenhead RFC 43

Scott Prince scored a hat-trick of tries as Maidenhead RFC got back to winning ways in South West 1 East with a narrow – but thrilling – 43-42 win at Launceston.

Against hosts who played expansively on their own turf, Maids struggled in the first half to go in 22-14 down at the break. Prince scored an interception try to keep David Mobbs-Smith side in touch but they had it all to do after the interval.

A try for Prince brought Maids to within one point at 22-21 and he completed a hat-trick shortly afterwards to put the visitors ahead for the first time. Launceston scored again to put their noses back in front before Maids took control to make it 40-27 with a try from Dave Cole and a penalty try.

The hosts came back at them once again in the closing stages, scoring two more tries to give them a sudden death conversion kick to win the match but, fortunately for the visitors, it drifted wide.

Victory lifts Maids to second in the table, level on points with Barnstaple who have played a game less. They’re next in action at home to Newbury on Saturday week (October 19).

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Wallingford RFC 40, Marlow RFC 18

Marlow RFC’s stint at the summit of Southern Counties North proved short-lived as Rory Greenslade-Jones’ side were beaten 40-18 by Wallingford and slipped back to third.

Marlow had topped the table after picking up three straight wins over Reading (28-7), Reading Abbey (41-15) and Stow-on-the-Wold (30-9) – all of which were at home.

But their first road trip of the campaign proved a disappointing one as sixth-placed Wallingford piled on the points.  

Momentum from their early season wins appeared to be with them when Nicholas Gorham ran in a seventh minute try, converted by Christian Witney.

But Wallingford replied with three first half tries of their own before asserting control with three more after the break.

George Buckle responded with a second try for the visitors but in truth Greenslade-Jones’ side were second best throughout.

Next up for Marlow is the home test against leaders Witney on Saturday week (October 19).

Witney replaced Marlow at the top with their 31-3 win over High Wycombe this weekend.

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Beaconsfield RFC 39, Windsor RFC 32

Windsor RFC moved off the bottom of the South West 1 East table on Saturday after a much-improved performance in defeat at Beaconsfield.

The Royals were beaten 39-32 on the road as Beaconsfield inflicted a fifth straight defeat on Jack Pattinson’s struggling side.

But the newly promoted side picked up two points for their try count, and finishing within seven points of their hosts, to move above Salisbury at the bottom of the table.

Windsor are back in action this weekend when they host Salisbury at Home Park.

Even at this early juncture of the season it will be seen as a must win game in their battle to beat the drop.

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Slough RFC 43, Hungerford RFC 19

Slough RFC picked up their second win of the campaign with a thumping 43-19 win over Hungerford.

The Greenies ran in a number of tries against Hungerford who have lost all three of their matches this season. They’re up to fifth in the BB&O Premier table ahead of their next match at rock-bottom Littlemore on Saturday week (October 19).

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In the same division Drifters were beaten 41-10 by third placed Abingdon on Saturday. Drifters have won just one of their four matches so far and host Bletchley on October 19.

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