Staffs Reach National U20 Final

Staffordshire 14 - 12 Hampshire

Last Updated: Feb 16, 2015 05:25pm
Evesham, Wychavon
By Paul Bolton
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STAFFORDSHIRE reached the final of the National Under 20 Shield with a 14-12 win over Hampshire in today’s semi-final at Overton RFC.

Staffordshire’s win was based on a dominant display from their pack who secured two penalty tries from collapsed scrums in the second half.

Both tries were converted by full-back Tom Phillips of Leeds University which helped Staffordshire overcome a seven points deficit at half-time.

Hampshire scored their second try from the final play of the match but the conversion attempt from the touchline, which would have levelled the scores, was missed.

Staffordshire will now face Surrey, the defending champions, in the final at a venue to be decided on March 15. Surrey beat Durham 54-12  at Esher in a re-run of last season’s final.

But Midlands interest in the National Under 20 Championship ended with North Midlands’ 38-17 defeat by Yorkshire in their quarter-final at York.

North Midlands were severely depleted by injuries and unavailability but still produced a creditable performance in defeat.

Yorkshire, last season’s beaten finalists, were 19-0 up at half-time and stretched their lead to 31-5 at one stage before North Midlands rallied strongly.

Birmingham University flanker Barney Hayward began the North Midlands fightback with an unconverted try early in the second half.

Hereford lock Gareth Jones then touched down after he charged down a kick in the in-goal area and Harper Adams University wing Henry Martin rounded off a flowing backs move for a try that Luctonians fly-half Tom Jones converted.

But another converted try from Yorkshire in the final quarter scuppered North Midlands’ thoughts of causing an upset.


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