Dan Cole proved Hartpury’s hero as his last minute kick saw the Under-18s clinch a 32-31 victory in an AASE South League thriller at home to Exeter College.
The win takes Hartpury another step closer to an eighth successive AASE League national colleges title as they stay ahead of the field in this crucial second half of the season.
This was a closely fought game between arguably the two best sides in the South League. As with the reverse fixture earlier in the year which finished 33-32 in favour of Hartpury, it was again left it to the last minute to win the game, with Dan Cole kicking a 45 metre penalty to claim the spoils.
The game ended with both teams having scored five tries apiece. Alex Forrester and Jacob Morris both grabbed a brace of tries for Hartpury, plus there was a neat individual score from Charlie Chapman, who spotted a gap around the ruck to run in from 25 meters.
Under-18s coach, Wayne Thompson, said: “This was the most physical test Hartpury have faced all year, and credit must be given to both sides for the way they contested the game until the final whistle.
“The win now leaves us only one win away from the AASE final, needing to beat an ever improving Beechencliff team next Wednesday.”