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Last Updated: Jan 19, 2014 08:26pm
St. Stephen, Worcester
By Paul Bolton
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STAFFORDSHIRE powered their way into the National Under 20 Shield quarter-finals but Leicestershire missed out on a place in the last eight on a day of contrasting fortunes for Midlands counties in Pool One.

Staffordshire trounced Cumbria 51-12  at Longton’s Trentham Lakes ground but Leicestershire’s hopes of progressing ended with a 36-19 defeat by pool winners Durham at Melton Mowbray.

In Pool Two, Warwickshire kept their quarter-final hopes alive with a 66-3 rout of Somerset at Broadstreet.

Burntwood’s blindside flanker Daniel Poole was Staffordshire’s hero at Longton where he muscled over for a hat-trick of tries before half time.

Staffordshire had the bonus point warpped up after 26 minutes with centre Ed Askew impressing on his home ground with two tries and number eight Sam Longstaff securing the bonus point with the first of his brace of tries.

Staffordshire dominated up front but Cumbria stuck to their task and scored a well-worked try through left wing Jovert Fermilan (Penrith) early in the second half.

Askew’s second try and a well-taken effort by right wing Don Cascoe-Smilie (Dudley Kingswinford) cemented Staffordshire’s win before forward pressure brought further tries for replacement lock Matt Hubbard (Leicester Academy) and Longstaff.

Cumbria scored a second try at the death through full-back Andy Glendinning (Carlisle) to reward them for their long journey and early start.

Leicestershire needed to beat Durham to have any chance of reaching the last eight but they were 31 points adrift against a strong Durham side who will now enjoy home advantage in the last eight.

Leicestershire were a transformed side after the break and won the second half although their revival came too late to save them from a second successive defeat.

Full-back Jamie Rudkin (Syston) scored two tries and number eight Tristan Trehan (Loughborough University) got the other for Leicestershire with Jake Noble (Market Harborough) landing two conversions.

Old Wheatleyans number eight Roland Jones scored four tries, including a first half hat-trick, to set up Warwickshire’s emphatic win.

Forward dominance laid the foundations for the victory with lock Cory Radford (Barkers’ Butts) crossing for the opening try after five minutes.

Jones then scored his three tries with one from Broadstreet tighthead Josh McNulty sandwiched in between to steer Warwickshire to a 31-3 lead at the break.

Jones crossed again within a minute of the restart with further tries following from Barkers’ Butts openside Callum Lines, Nuneaton fly-half Tyler Price, Barkers’ Butts full-back Josh Palmer and Henley College scrum-half Pierre Ferre.

Price also kicked five conversions and two penalties in a 21 points contribution.

Warwickshire still have one match to play in Pool Two against Oxford University at Iffley Road which has yet to be rearranged following last week’s postponement.

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