Old Albanians claimed local bragging rights – and their thirteenth win on the trot – after coming out on top against Hertford. Scrum- half Jean- Baptiste Bruzilier scored at the start and
end of the game, with further tries in between coming from wingers Chris May and Luke O’Keefe and back- rower Paul Gustard. Old A’s are now five points adrift of league leaders
Richmond, and four points better off than third- placed Worthing.
Worthing ran out 35-21 winners at home to Henley to maintain their promotion hopes. Prolific winger Alexander Nielsen scored two tries to take his tally for the season to 22, the same
as Taunton’s Reuben Haile. Meanwhile, Hartpury College kept up their slim hopes of finishing second with a 15-13 win at Westcombe Park.
There were points and tries galore in the remaining two games of the weekend, with Southend coming out on top in a ten- try thriller at home to Taunton and Peceli Nacamauvuto
scored four times as Shelford put 60 points past Lydney.
Southend stormed into a 21-0 lead in as many minutes through three converted tries before suffering three yellow cards in the first half. By the time the last of the sin- binned players
had returned to the field Taunton had taken a 24-21 lead thanks to a brace of tries from Jack Claydon and one from Gary Kingdom. But the lead changed hands three more times in the
final half an hour, with Daniel Cleare’s try proving decisive for Southend.