Edwardians 24 Cleobury Mortimer 8
EDWARDIANS comfortably beat a well-drilled Cleobury team on Saturday in this semi-final of the Midlands Junior Vase.
Eds will face Harborne in the final, which will be played at home on April 2.
The winners of this match will progress to the semi-finals of the national RFU Junior Vase, to be played at Twickenham.
Eds took an early lead when outside centre Luke Mason received the ball through the hands of the backs, and after breaking the tackle of his opposite number and handing off the Cleobury full back, he was able to finish off the strong solo effort by scoring in the corner.
Cleobury got on the scoreboard straight from the following kick-off, when a penalty was kicked from a good distance after Eds were penalised for an infringement at the breakdown.
A few minutes later, a Cleobury scrum inside their own half failed to go to hand.
Eds blindside flanker Michael Bourke was quick to react, hacking the ball through, giving chase and putting his second punt over the try line.
After winning the foot race he was able to dive on the ball to finish the skilful try, fly half David Gray converting.
The final score of the half came when Gray took winger Dan Johnson’s pass, ran a nice supporting line and finished off a good backs move by converting his own efforts under the posts for 19-3.
The second half was a scrappy affair, but the hosts were first to score when a sloppy pass from the Cleobury centre went to ground and Eds winger Phil Ceillam was able to gather and out-sprint his opposite number to score in the corner.
Towards the end of the game Cleobury were able to get a consolation try after a few forward carries close to the Eds’ try line broke the last line of defence.
Eds are back to league matters this Saturday, looking to close the gap on leaders Keresley by beating visitors Ledbury.
* Edwardians 2nd XV had a good win at home, beating Woodrush 2nds 44-15 with fly half Gary Hawkins scoring a hat trick of tries.