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Last Updated: Oct 23, 2015 09:47am
Shirley West, Solihull
By Paul Bolton
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COUNTY CLUBS PAIRED IN NATIONAL COLTS CUP


Two North Midlands clubs are guaranteed places in the fourth round of this season’s National Colts Cup following the third round draw.

Hereford will host Luctonians in a local derby while Kidderminster Carolians will entertain Malvern in another all-North Midlands tie.

Moseley, who were the winners of the inaugural National Colts Cup in 1998, will have a home third round tie against Nuneaton after they progressed from the second round on the away team rule after a 5-5 draw at Old Halesonians.

Telford Hornets, who ousted Bromsgrove in the second round, will also be at home in the third round with Lichfield making the trip to Town Park.

The third round of the National Colts Cup is scheduled to be played on or before November 22.

The National Colts Cup is organised by the East Midlands RU and was introduced for the 1997/98 season as part of their centenary celebrations.

The National Colts Plate, for sides beaten in rounds one to three of the Cup competition, was introduced in 1999.

Both competitions are contested by Under-18 teams from clubs across England.


COUNTY UNDER-18s FACE NLD IN FINALE


North Midlands Under-18s will complete their short representative season against Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire at the Super Sunday event at Broadstreet RFC near Coventry on Sunday November 1 (12.30pm).

Victory over Staffordshire at Stourbridge this week secured North Midlands the middle slot of the three matches at Super Sunday.

NLD beat Leicestershire in their opening match but were beaten 33-5 by East Midlands this week.

Staffordshire will play Leicestershire in the opening match at Super Sunday at 10.30am with Warwickshire taking on East Midlands at 2.30pm.


FORMER CUP WINNERS IN SHIELD SEMIS


Camp Hill, twice winners of the North Midlands Cup, are through to the semi-finals of this season’s North Midlands Shield competition.

Camp Hill won the Cup in 1980 and again 14 years later when they celebrated their centenary season.

They are now in the second tier of the county cup competitions and will face a Greater Birmingham derby at Old Saltlieians in a semi-final which is scheduled to be played on or before January 2.

The other semi-final pits Kidderminster Carolians, who won the Shield in 2006, against Veseyans at Marlpool Lane.

 

COUNTY UNDER18s ROMP TO VICTORY


North Midlands Under-18s bounced back from their defeat by Warwickshire two weeks ago by trouncing Staffordshire 45-10 at Stourbridge this evening.

North Midlands produced some scintillating handling rugby at times which produced seven tries, three of them in a devastating six minute period late in the second half.

The win means that North Midlands will now play in the middle match at the Midlands Super Sunday tournament at Broadstreet on November 1 against opponents to be decided.

North Midlands rejigged their back row after their defeat by Warwickshire and it was one three newcomers in the side, number eight Charley Wright (Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Telford Hornets) who muscled over for the opening try which fly-half Joe Hunt (Bromsgrove School and Luctonians) improved.

Left wing Alex Hearle (Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Church Stretton) then crossed for an unconverted try after a prolonged and controlled attack before Staffordshire rallied with a try from a driving maul.

North Midlands responded in kind when lock Harrty Dawson (Bournville College and Moseley) rumbled over for another unconverted try and Wright struck an important blow just before half-time when he went over for his second try which Hunt converted.

Staffordshire pulled back five more points midway through the second half but their challenge fizzled out when North Midlands used forward power and the pace of their backs to put the game to bed.

Scrum-half Oli Gaston (Hereford Cathedral School) went over from close range at the start of the purple patch and Dan Pemberton (Adams GS and Whitchurch) who took over the kicking duties added the extras.

Centre Will Davies (Thomas Telford College and Church Stretton) scored almost from the re-start when he finished off a superb counter-attack from deep in defence and full-back Cameron Hunter (Hereford Cathedral School and Ledbury) put the seal on victory when he supported another attack.

Pemberton, the son of former Whitchurch, Shropshire and North Midlands lock Tom,  converted the last two tries.

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