North Midlands Cup Round 1
Camp Hill 18
Despite this 23 point County Cup defeat Camp Hill battled diligently throughout which brought the reward of two tries in the latter stages of this highly entertaining tie.
A second minute penalty from centre Ian Briggs gave Camps a short-lived lead before the Malvern No 12 Richard Fleming barged over for a try which was converted by fly half Tom Longley.
Camps came close to breaching the visitors’ defence on two occasions, but the National Division Three side held out and the only other first half score was a Longley penalty.
The visitors, whose side was sprinkled with Worcester Academy players, raised their game in the opening stages of the second period as Camps were hit with three quick tries.
Scores from right wing Geoff Gregory, left wing George Webber and full back Tommi Hughes with Longley improving two of them suddenly put the opposition very much in charge at 3 - 29.
Briggs kicked his second penalty just before the hour mark, but Fleming registered his double with another dot down in the 65th minute.
The hosts’ excellent fitness however paid some consolatory dividends in the last ten minutes. Centre Simon Edwards broke through for his sixth try this term and then Briggs’ conversion of a maiden score for replacement lock Mark Newton came either side of a try for Malvern centre Nick Miller to which replacement fly half Kieron Harvey added the extras. This was a fitting end to a match well-won by Malvern who nevertheless found Camps a hard nut to crack.
On Saturday Camp Hill return to Midlands Division One West league action when they visit Old Halesonians, kick off at 2.15pm.
Edwardians progressed into round 4 of the Junior Vase Cup last Saturday with a laboured victory over Tenbury. With ten wins from ten games in all competition, Eds are now three wins away from playing in the final of the cup at the home of English rugby – Twickenham.
After conceding first Dan Johnson hit back for Eds with John Corr converting.
Pressure from the visitors resulted in a try in the corner in the 26th minute. Eds once again hit back, this time Phil Ceillam scoring the try, Corr converting.
In the second half Eds improved markedly, despite losing lock Phillip Bowers to the sin bin for 10 minutes.
Corr kicked two penalties before Johnson got his second try of the match which the ever reliable Corr converted.
Eds will look to continue their unbeaten run on the road against Ledbury on Saturday November 20.
Birmingham Exiles 12
Birmingham Uni Engineers 12
It was a day of rugby with the autumn internationals kicking off and despite all the home nations losing narrowly to our southern hemisphere friends, Birmingham Exiles continued to improve in preparation for next weeks league match against Keresley. Exiles started down hill and tried to offload the ball keeping it alive as much as possible to put the opposition on the back foot. There were times when the offload was unnecessary, showing panic and lack of control, which allowed School of Engineering the opportunity to steal ball and run in the first points of the day with a try.
This spurred Exiles on and a return try followed closely after with superb hands in the Exiles back line allowing winger Dean Loveridge space to run it into the corner.
The game was close throughout with good defence from both sides. During the second half Gareth “Chunk” Holloway made a darting break feeding the ball to Michael “Zammo” Loughrey who ran half the length of the pitch before finding support on the inside to scrum half Dan Pinfield who scored under the posts. Fran Pugh converted.
School of engineering came back with a try and conversion of their own to make the score 12-12.
Despite a draw, this gives confidence to Exiles who are back in league action next week at Bickenhill v. Keresley, kick off 2.30pm.