Defending champions Yorkshire are back at Twickenham in the final of the National RU Under 20 championship having beaten Kent 31-22 at Charlton Park RFC today (April 29, 2007).
The White Rose side have dominated the competition for a decade and are now aiming to add their eighth win in the 12-year reign of coaches Bob Hood and Steve Townend when they take on Devon in the final on May 12.
The key to Yorkshire's success in Kent was another very strong start which gave them a 24-0 lead by half-time. Two tries by Wharfedale scrum-half and captain James Doherty and others from Rotherham flanker John Bishop and West Park Leeds wingman Sam Booth, with two conversions from fly-half Jonathan West (Dinnington), gave Yorkshire the upper hand, but Kent showed plenty of spirit and tenacity to hit back after the break.
A penalty by full-back Dave Dorton (Canterbury) gave them early encouragement and Yorkshire were glad to claim the try of the game from Bishop, converted by West, before Kent really got into their stride.
They dominated the ball supply to control proceedings and were rewarded with tries by flanker Charlie Clay (Old Colfeians), centre Craig Webb (Gillingham Anchorians) and wingman Tom Ash (Thanet Wanderers), Dorton adding two conversions.
"It was a very workmanlike performance," was Bob Hood's assessment of the win. "We made another really good start which I think took Kent by surprise. They were expecting to win we rather spoiled the party.
"But they came back at us very strongly and we needed what was an exceptional try to nail the win."
Devon will now meet Yorkshire after their 19-6 defeat of Staffordshire at Castlecroft in Wolverhampton.