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RLF Final for Greater Birmingham

North Midlands RFU

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2014 08:43pm
St. Stephen, Worcester
By Paul Bolton
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Greater Birmingham booked their place in the RLF Three Counties Championship final with a heart-stopping 16-10 win over Worcestershire & Herefordshire at Birmingham Exiles RFC last night.
Greater Birmingham opened up a 16 points lead in the opening quarter but then saw the Two Counties eat away at their lead.
Greater Birmingham also had to withstand a forward barrage from the Two Counties in the last five minutes when they had to defend a series of five metre scrums.
A final surge looked certain to bring a try but Greater Birmingham managed to get bodies under the ball and there was no time for a further scrum.
Greater Birmingham will now meet Shropshire, who beat Worcestershire & Herefordshire in last week’s opening match, in the final at Stourbridge’s Stourton Park on May 13.
Before then Shropshire will host Greater Birmingham in the final group match at Telford Hornets on May 6 which will be a dress rehearsal for the final.
Greater Birmingham hit the Two Counties with an early try when Bournville number eight Matt Dickerson drove over from close range and scored another eight minutes later when Edwardians fly-half Mark Coulson crossed.
Coulson stretched the lead with two penalties and used his siege gun boot to relieve the pressure on several occasions when the Two Counties began to take control.
A try from a driving line-out on the stroke of half time from Pershore’s Jay Martin gave the Two Counties a glimmer of hope but they struggled to turn further pressure into points until Kidderminster Carolians flanker Rob Phillips broke away and scored an unconverted try ten minutes from time.
A missed penalty from Coulson kept the door open for Worcestershire & Herefordshire but Greater Birmingham held on for victory.

 

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