- Twelve try romp for North Midlands
- Winger Barrett gets try hat-trick
North Midlands launched their National Under 20 Championship campaign with a crushing 81-5 win over an outgunned Staffordshire at Longton's Trentham Lakes ground in Stoke this afternoon.
North Midlands ran in 12 tries in superb exhibition of attacking rugby with Moseley winger Dan Barrett leading the way with a first half hat-trick.
Barrett's wing-mate Matt Farrington of Bridgnorth also ran in two tries - one in each half - and replacement wingers Adam Faulkner of Newport and Nick Adams of Worcester also got in the scoresheet to complete the rout.
The win puts North Midlands in a strong position to progress to next month's Midlands final as winners of Midlands Group B. Their second and final group match is against Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire at Moseley's Billesley Common ground on March 1 (7.30pm).
North Midlands' other try-scorers were number eight Dan Smith (Luctonians), back-row Joe Garner of Worcester who sprinted over from 50 metres, hooker Will Radburn (Worcester) and blindside flanker James Hutchinson of Harper Adams University who scored two in quick succession in the second half.
Bournville fly-half Alex Warner rammed home North Midlands' supremacy by converting nine of the tries and landing a first half penalty.
North Midlands were 69-0 up before Staffordshire scored their consolation try through Burton flanker Dominic Taylor.
The next matches in the Midlands section of the National Under 20 Championship are on February 17 when Leicestershire host Cambridge University at Belgrave and Warwickshire entertain East Midlands at Broadstreet in Group A with Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire taking on Staffordshire at Derby.
National Under 20 Championship fixtures 2009/10
Midlands Group A: January 27: Warwickshire 5 Leicestershire 31 (Broadstreet), February 3: East Midlands 25 Cambridge University 15 at Stockwood Park . 17: Leicestershire v Cambridge University at Belgrave, Warwickshire v East Midlands at Broadstreet, 24: Leicestershire v East Midlands at Belgrave. March 4: Cambridge University v Warwickshire at Grange Road.
Midlands Group B: February 7: Staffordshire 5 North Midlands 81 at Longton. 17: Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire v Staffordshire at Derby, March 1: North Midlands v NLD at Moseley (7.30pm).
March 10: Midlands final (venue TBC), 27: National quarter-finals. April 17: National semi-finals. May 1: National final at Twickenham.