CHINNOR were involved in more late drama, but fell to their first defeat in five games as basement boys Loughborough Students triumphed 48-46.

The result in Leicestershire saw the Thame-based side slip to fourth in National League 1.

Loughborough took an early 7-0 lead, thanks to Thibaud Flament’s try, converted by Charlie Reed.

But Chinnor quickly responded when Greg Goodfellow went over.

The early scoring continued as Victor Keunen crossed for Loughborough.

Goodfellow kicked a penalty for Chinnor, before two tries from Craig Holland saw the visitors lead 22-14.

A Harry Priestner try and a Reed penalty, saw the hosts go two points ahead.

But Chinnor made it 29-22 at the break when Reon Joseph crossed.

Two tries in the first six minutes of the second half from Will Attfield and Reed put the hosts 38-29 in front.

Chinnor hit back through Joseph, but the students made it 45-36, when Oskar Hirskyk-Douglas went over.

The visitors replied again through a catch and drive, before Holland’s penalty made it 46-45.

However, they conceded a penalty on 77 minutes and Reed, who converted six of his side’s tries, was on target to deny them another nail-biting win.

Goodfellow kicked five conversions for Chinnor.

Henley Hawks beat London Irish Wild Geese 38-15 away from home in National League 2 South.

Alex Bradley’s try put the visitors in front, but the hosts led 7-5 when Scott Moore touched down, Ollie Turner converting.

Henley went into the break 12-10 in front, though, as Ross MacDougall crashed over, Roddy Giles adding the extras.

Tries from MacDougall, Dan Barnes and Sam Randall, Giles converting twice, saw Hawks lead 31-10.

Irish replied through Chris Browne, but Henley had the last say when Scott White went over, Giles adding the extras.