- Leicestershire beat Hampshire 39-7 in Division Two final
- Leicestershire score six tries to overwhelm Hampshire
Leicestershire won the Bill Beaumont County Championship Division Two final with a comfortable 39-7 victory over Hampshire at Twickenham.
Despite leading just 8-0 at half-time thanks to a try from Callum Dacey and a penalty from Rick Aley, Leicestershire pulled away in the second half, scoring four tries through David Peck, William Cave and two from Calum Gunn.
Hampshire's fly-half Pierre-Alex Clark scored a late consolation try in a match played in wet conditions.
Close first 40
Leicestershire started the stronger of the two sides with scrum half Adam Shaw helping to dictate the tempo of play.
The early dominance paid off for Leicestershire who spread the ball wide to Callum Dacey after 10 minutes who did brilliantly to beat three defenders and touch down in the corner.
The conversion was missed by Aley and Hampshire’s full back Alex Sutherland had an opportunity to narrow the gap a minute later but missed his penalty attempt to keep the score at 5-0.
With the rain now falling heavily, Leicestershire opted to go for goal when they received a penalty 30 metres out and Rick Aley stepped up to put his side 8-0 ahead after 25 minutes.
Aley missed the chance to make it 11-0 with seven minutes to play, dragging a penalty attempt wide meaning it stayed 8-0 at the break.
Leicestershire show their class
Leicestershire started the second half exactly how they finished the first, using their powerful forwards to carry them into Hampshire’s half.
The relentless pressure soon paid dividends when 18 stone prop David Peck powered over the line from a metre out to make it 13-0 to Leicestershire with the conversion missed.
Hampshire’s Sutherland one again had the opportunity to get his side off the mark after 50 minutes but again his penalty attempt drifted wide.
Despite being down to 14 men with Martin Wolfenden sent to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle, Leicestershire continued to dominate and scored again after 60 minutes when William Cave dived over the line.
The conversion was missed but the score gave Leicestershire a comfortable 18-0 lead with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Hampshire hadn’t given up yet though and when centre Freddie Gleadowe broke through Pierre-Alex Clark was on his shoulder to finish under the posts. Sutherland added the extras to make it 18-7 with 15 minutes remaining.
But Leicestershire ended any hopes of a comeback, scoring three tries in quick succession throuh Alexander Salt who bulldozed over before Calum Gunn jinked his way through minutes later and then scored another in the corner soon after. Aley slotted all three conversions to make it 39-7 at the final whistle.