- Beechen Cliff end Hartpury's unbeaten streak
Gosforth Academy will meet Exeter College in the final on 2 December
Beechen Cliff stunned Hartpury College by registering a 34-26 victory over the Gloucester affiliated academy, ending their unbeaten run, and denying them AASE glory.
Beechen Cliff recorded the shock of the tournament as Will Partington racked up 19 points to deny Hartpury College an eighth successive final and ensure there will be a new AASE champion.
Outside centre Miles Gilbert touched down after just ten minutes, with wing Fin Dewar adding their second try just after half-time before Tom de Glanville struck on 55 minutes and then Partington dived over for a try ten minutes later.
England Under 17’s Jacob Morris, Alex Forrester, and Charlie Chapman all scored for seven-time champions Hartpury, but it was not to be as Partington turned the screw with a penalty and a drop-goal to go with his four conversions.
Exeter book place in AASE final
Exeter College ensured they made the most of Hartpury’s loss by downing Henley College 37-7 thanks to tries from England Under 18’s James Kenny, Joe Snow, Richard Capstick, James Tapp and Lewis Pearson.
Fly-half Gwyn Parks kicked two conversions and two penalties to reinforce their advantage and send them to the home of Premiership Rugby champions Saracens full of confidence.
Patience is a virtue for Gosforth
Coach Peter Butler urged his tight-knit Gosforth Academy side not to forget their excellent team mentality after sealing a landmark first-ever AASE Championship final appearance with a 40-0 win over Worcester College.
Jake Rodgers racked up 15 points for Gosforth Academy as they booked their spot at the Allianz Park showpiece and though Butler highlighted the contribution of his No.10, he insisted his side’s greatest advantage was their cohesion as a team.
Tries from Connor Beswick, Jack Johnson, Rodgers, Tristan Grant, England U17’s Tom Marshall and a superb forwards performance saw Gosforth past a resilient Worcester side that held them for long periods of time.
Brilliant showing from our @FalconsAASE team today at KP, 40-0 winners over Worcester and now into the national final at Allianz Park— Newcastle Falcons (@FalconsRugby) November 16, 2016
And after a season of placing team performance at the forefront of their agenda, Butler wants his side to stick to what they know on the big stage.
“It is a very fine opportunity for the lads, it is the first time we have been in the Championship play-offs, never mind the final,” Butler said.
“It is going to be a massive day going down there and trying to get our performance where we want to be and hopefully that will be enough to get the win.
Ronan Maloney’s try-double helped St Paul’s Catholic College to a 34-12 win over Truro and Penwith College, with fellow winger Victor Nzotele, flanker Darius Azad, Reuben Knight and substitute hooker Brandon Baker all crossing the whitewash.
Myerscough College marked their penultimate AASE appearance of the season with a 19-17 victory over Moulton College, while Ivybrdge lost out at home to West Country rivals SGS Filton 22-12.