- Twickenham hosts three RFU Cup Finals
- As well as the Jason Leonard U20 County Championship Division One final
All the results as Twickenham hosts the 2019 RFU Cup Finals as well as the Jason Leonard U20 County Championship Division One final.
Kenilworth hold off Matson comeback in Intermediate Cup
Kenilworth RFC survived a scare as they held off an impressive Matson RFC comeback to secure a 32-26 victory and lift the Intermediate Cup at Twickenham.
A pulsating start to the final saw three tries in the opening 10 minutes with Tom Porter scoring for Matson before Kenilworth responded with a converted try of their own.
Kenilworth’s second try came from inside centre Charlie Stevens after a charge down with Edward Hannam converting both of his side’s tries to give them a 14-5 lead.
A penalty from Hannam extended their lead before full back Neil Sutherland showed impressive pace to sprint through and score Kenilworth’s second try. The conversion was missed making it 22-5.
A yellow card for Matson’s Shay O’Malley looked likely to derail the Gloucestershire side but they kept fighting and scored through flanker Joe Hart who charged down the wing to touch down. Farrell Gwilliam converted to make it 22-12 to Kenilworth at half time.
Matson continued to fightback in the second half, with a superb offload finding Porter who scored his second which Gwilliam converted meaning Kenilworth’s lead stood at just three points.
Kenilworth struck back when openside flanker Sam Harrison showed his pace to sprint in from 40 metres and give his side a 27-19 lead.
Matson continued to put pressure on Kenilworth however and flanker Liam Hazeldon joined his fellow back row teammates in scoring a try when he powered over the line to score a converted try with 10 minutes left on the clock.
With just one point between the two sides, the match-winning moment came from Hannam who made use of Kenilworth’s overlap to score and make it 32-26.
Honiton defeat Northallerton in scintillating Senior Vase
Devon side Honiton RFC staged a late comeback to beat Northallerton 29-27 in the Senior Vase final.
Northallerton’s Ashley Rio scored the first points of the game with a penalty 14 minutes in but the two sides were very evenly matched and both struggled to break through the opposition defensive line for much of the first half.
Northallerton’s second row Phil Swall scored the first try of the game 29 minutes in after relentless waves of attacking pressure. Scrum half Jedd Bainbridge added the extras to make it 10-0.
However a yellow card for Rio 34 minutes in gave Honiton a man advantage and they made it count, scoring their first try of the game through captain Will Goulden before winger Adam Thompson showed a moment of magic to score just before the break.
Tom Steer successfully kicked one of the conversions to make it 12-10 to Honiton at half time.
It continued to be an attritional battle in the second half with both sides defending superbly but Honiton were able to extend their lead when fly half Alex Brookes skipped his way through and scored. Steer was once again reliable with the boot and gave his side a 19-10 lead.
Northallerton bounced back when prop Joe Hargreaves crashed over the line from a rolling maul after 63 minutes. Rio nailed a tricky conversion to narrow Honiton’s lead to just two points with 15 minutes left on the clock.
And it was Rio’s boot that once again gave his side the lead moments later when he knocked over a penalty from in front of the posts to put them 19-17 in front.
Northallerton suddenly had all the momentum and they scored once again when the ball was spread wide to Alexander Metcalfe who showed great footwork to touch down. Rio added the extras.
Steer gave Honiton hope of mounting a comeback with eight minutes left when he nudged over a penalty to narrow Northallerton’s lead to just five points.
And Steer was the man to make the difference for Honiton in the 78th minute, converting his own try to make it 29-27 to the Devon side at the final whistle.
Reeds Weybridge in comfortable Junior Vase victory
Reeds Weybridge RFC scored six tries in a comfortable 42-5 victory over Thornensians RUFC at Twickenham to win the 2019 Junior Vase final.
Reeds’ dangerous backs proved to be the difference throughout the game with Thornensians struggling to deal with the Surrey side’s speed in attack.
Outside centre Tom McClean scored the first try of the game inside the opening few minutes for Reeds, finding a gap in defence and sprinting through to touch down. Fly half Pete Davidge slotted the extras.
Reeds added tries through backs Chris Stegmann, James Botterill and Jonathan Rogers before number eight Alex Corner raced away to score just before the break to make it 35-0 at half time.
The tension between the two sides boiled over on several occasions with four yellow cards handed out throughout the game and as a result the second half was a more fractured affair.
Thornensians scored their only try of the game 47 minutes in with the ball spread wide to winger Zak Holgate who crossed the line.
The conversion was missed to make it 35-5 and it stayed that way for the majority of the second half until Reeds substitute Dan Veale made a break down the wing before offloading to Joe Wastie to score their sixth try.
Davidge slotted his sixth conversion of the game to make it 42-5 to the Surrey side at the final whistle.
Yorkshire claim historic 11th title
Yorkshire destroyed Lancashire, winning 52-5 to claim their record 11th title in the Jason Leonard U20 County Championship Division One final.
Yorkshire scored inside the first five minutes when number eight Ben Waddington powered his way over the line from close range.
It was an end-to-end game for much of the first half with Waddington eventually adding to Yorkshire’s lead with a second try after 22 minutes. Fly half Morgan Bunting added the conversion to make it 12-0.
Finn Dewar then produced one of the highlights of the day with an incredible break, beating several players to sprint in under the posts. Bunting slotted the extras to bring their lead to 19 points.
Ben Whyte scored Yorkshire’s fourth try, attacking close to the line to collect a Bunting pass and scoring under the posts before scrum half Oliver Penney added a score of his own to bring the score to 31-0 at the break.
It remained that way for most of the second half with neither team able to break the deadlock until Lancashire replacement Calum Owen showed good strength to stretch over in the corner and score his side’s only try.
Waddington responded for Yorkshire, scoring his third try of the match in a moment to remember for the number eight. Bunting once again secured the extras to make it 38-5.
Yorkshire’s Kian Stewart made it a final to remember with a sensational try before scrum half Oliver Penney showed magic footwork to score himself. Bunting was able to slot both conversions to make it 52-5 at the final whistle.