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Rugby round-up

Rugby round-up.

Midlands 2 West (North)
Old Saltleians 33 - 13 Bridgnorth

SALTS started fast and hard, and within two minutes Pete Harris was crossing the line easily under the posts, after his characteristic dodging run followed some great passing from the scrum.

It was a scrappy half and Bridgnorth managed to contain Salts, despite some great line-out spoiling from the Lee cousins, Mitch and Adam. Sam Turner touched down right next to the corner flag after receiving a pass from Lee, but Bridgnorth soon drove their pack over the line for an unconverted try.

Tom Lee dived over the line to leave Mason with an unmissable kick early in the second half, followed by Chris Newman, who shuck off two defenders to go over. Nicholas Vaughan then caught the ball and found space to run straight through the defence to touch down for another easy conversion from Mason’s boot.

Midlands 3 West (South)
Edwardians 3 - 10 Redditch

THIS was a must win game for Edwardians, and they started strong, dominating the breakdown area and having most of the territory.

Lack of support and a poor line out meant the ball was lost at crucial moments though during the first half, with the only points added by the Eds through a Phil Ceillam penalty.

The second half started badly for Eds, who conceded a try early on. Things only got worse from then on in, as Redditch went over for a second, but Eds not able to post any points on the board.

Midlands Division One West
Old Halesonians 17 - 10 Camp Hill

A FLU-hit Camp Hill side opened the scoring after centre Ian Briggs cleanly hit a penalty - but he just could not find his range with five further efforts throughout the half.

Camps’ determination kept the home side at bay until shortly before the break, when a lineout catch and drive from inside their opponent’s 22 saw them force their way over the line.

The Shirley side seemed to lose concentration in the opening ten minutes of the second half as Tom Harris and Seb Rose both went over for the hosts. Looking far more co-ordinated, Camp Hill’s menace brought reward when close inter-passing set up left wing Rob Obeng-Manu to speed through to score a converted try - but it was too little too late.

Midlands 4 West (South)
Manor Park 17 - 6 Birmingham Exiles

WITH 13 minutes gone, Manor Park were awarded a rather dubious looking penalty for offside at a ruck. They chose to tap and go, and full back Cameron Foran came into the line to cross for a try close enough to the posts to give stand off Dan Joyce a fairly comfortable conversion. Exiles soon hit back with a try of their own, following a five-metre scrum, which ended in touch. Park eased out to a four point lead with a penalty from Joyce early in the second half before a Stuart Davey try just about put the game out of E’s reach.

Warwickshire Cup - Quarter Final
Berkswell & Balsall 32 - 3 Newbold

SIX home tries were the result of a commanding display in a game which, due to fixture congestion, counted as both a league and cup match. Newbold were still in touch at halftime but B’s cruised further ahead in the second half and would have won by even more if they had kicked more than just a solitary conversion. Tries were claimed by Craig Mills, Joe Styles (2), Richard Waite, Sam Bignall and Joe Cart.



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