- Yorkshire end three-year wait to reclaim National U20 Championship title
- Berkshire beaten in first final since winning the title in 2013
Yorkshire reclaimed the National U20 Championship title with a resounding 36-3 victory over Berkshire at Twickenham.
The White Rose county have dominated this event in recent times, with this their seventh win in the last 13 years.
But this result, against 2013 champions Berkshire, saw them winners again for the first time since 2012.
Yorkshire captain Josh Burridge, who was a member of the side beaten by Northumberland in last year’s final, said: “I remember what it felt like to lose last time and always said I didn’t want to be crying like a baby again. If anything this time, they’re tears of joy.
“We’ve built from the first game and our results have got better and better. The main thing today was our defence.
“They threw a lot at us but we put our bodies on the line and I’m just happy to win.”
Berkshire had the chance to put the first points on the board in the opening minutes but Rory Garrett pulled his penalty wide.
And Yorkshire hit back with the first score of the game, captain Josh Burridge going over in the corner. (5-0)
They then added a second score on 20 minutes, the referee awarding a penalty try when Berkshire’s front row came up in the scrum as Yorkshire were heading for a pushover try. Christopher Bell kicked the conversion. (12-0)
But Berkshire got on the board on the half hour with a penalty from Garrett after Josh Burridge was ruled to be off his feet at the breakdown. (12-3)
Berkshire also found themselves with a numerical advantage as half-time approached, with Yorkshire's Tom Burridge sent to the sin bin for persistent offending.
But Yorkshire had the last word on the opening 40 minutes, Christopher Bell kicking a penalty to give his side a 12-point cushion at the interval. (15-3)
And the pressure continued in the second half, with Ollie Fewtrell eventually breaking through with a jinking run on 50 minutes to score next to the posts and hand Bell an easy conversion. (22-3)
And, three minutes later, they were at it again with a terrific counter-attacking try that started deep in their own half on the left and finished with Jonny Coser touching down in the right corner. Bell’s conversion attempt hit post and crossbar before dropping over for the extra two points. (29-3)
At that stage, Yorkshire looked like they might go on to run up a cricket score, but Berkshire battled bravely to ensure they conceded just one more try.
That came five minutes from time and was a magical solo effort by Ben Magee, who burst out of midfield and showed a lovely feint to go past two Berkshire men before running in to score. Replacement Ezra Hinchcliffe kicked the conversion. (36-3)
Berkshire captain Dan Barnes said: “I’m so proud of the boys, we struggled in the group stage but to eventually get to Twickenham is a great effort. Yorkshire are a great side, they’ve obliterated everyone on their way here so they’re worthy winners of the trophy.”