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Under-strength Regent hold off late onslaught

Regent House 11 Wellingotn College 5: An unexpected victory for Regent, especially as they were without four regulars and their coaches were on a skiing holiday due to a mix-up in dates.

Wellington missed an early penalty but Regent's Gavin Anderson made no mistake shortly afterwards.

Then, good forward play led to a Jonathan Harris try to give the home side an 8-0 interval advantage, which was a fair reflection of the first half's play.

Anderson was injured so centre Taylor Nutt moved into the out-half berth before full-back Darragh McClements added the second penalty.

Regent were held up over the visitor's line on three occasions but it was Wellington who had the better of the later exchanges.

Josh Garnham, always a danger in the three-quarters, ran 60 yards at one stage before being bundled into touch but eventually had his name on the scoresheet.

Out-half Andrew Hanna gathered a drop-out and linked with the speedy centre who ran in to make it 11-5.

The visitors continually attacked towards the close but the weakened home defence held out. Wellington coach Peter Chambers said: "I thought we should have won. It was a scrappy game but we made some stupid mistakes and were held up a couple of times.

"We outplayed them in the last 30 minutes, but credit to them."

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