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Warwickshire and NL&D win in Championship openers

27 September 2006

Warwickshire and Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire drew first blood in this season's Midlands Under-18 Championship with victories in this evening's opening round of matches.
 
Warwickshire trounced Staffordshire 43-10 at Boadstreet while NL&D claimed a 24-21 victory over Leicestershire at Syston.
 
Warwickshire built up a commanding 29-3 interval lead with first half tries from number eight Jeremy Saxon (John Cleveland College and Nuneaton), winger Brett Chatwin (Bablake School and Barkers' Butts), loosehead prop Adam Wilson (Nuneaton) and winger Daniel Elkerton (Nuneaton) with fly-half Johnny Bean (Lawrence Sheriff School and Rugby Lions) adding three conversions and a penalty.
 
Scrum-half Will Matthews (Warwick School and Stratford) crossed early in the second half before Staffordshire responded with a try from scrum-half Ben Robson (Newcastle-under-Lyme School and Longton) and a conversion from fly-half Luke Massey (King Edward VI School, Lichfield and Lichfield). Massey also landed a first half penalty.
 
NL&D were heavily indebted to scrum-half Jonno Williams (Mansfield) for their victory. Williams landed all four of his kicks at goal including the winning penalty five minutes from time.
 
The Three Counties were 7-14 down at half-time and twice drew level in the second half before Williams rewarded a period of persistent pressure with the winning kick.
 
Centre Alan Simcock (Mansfield), full-back Alex Leverton (Nottingham) and number eight Phil Eggleshaw (Paviors) scored NL&D's tries.
 
Flanker and captain Oliver Bradshaw (Hinckley), winger Luke Jones (Oadby Wyggestonians) and centre Dave Howgate (Hinckley) responded for Leicestershire with Will Cave of Nuneaton converting all three tries.
 
The competition continues on Wednesday October 11 when East Midlands will launch their defence of the title with a game against Leicestershire at Wellingborough School. North Midlands will host Warwickshire at Droitwich on the same evening. Both games kick off at 7.30pm.
 
 

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