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Hertfordshire’s Stags ready for Yorkshire test in U20 semi final

13 April 2012

  • Hertfordshire travel to Yorkshire in National U20s
  • Engledow’s London & SE champs aim for Worcester final
Hertfordshire U20s, the Stags, after winning London & South East final v Kent

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Having beaten Kent in the London & South East final to win the Jason Leonard Cup, Hertfordshire Stags will travel to meet Yorkshire on Sunday (April 15) in the semi final of the RFU National U20 Championship.

The match will take place at Hull RUFC’s Ferens Ground with a 2.15pm kick off as the Stags look to continue their most successful season since the inception of the U20 Championship 12 years ago.

It follows the proud tradition of the Hertfordshire U19 side that twice reached the final of the former RFU U19 County Championship.

Under the guidance of lead coach Peter Engledow and his assistants Marcus Cattell and James Coles, the team made a slow start when they lost their first match to Sussex 18-16, but quickly went from strength to strength.

Herts won their pool by defeating Surrey by 50-8 at Bishop’s Stortford and Hampshire 24-7 away at Basingstoke. A 22-5 win over Eastern Counties in the Divisional semi finals took them to the London & South East final against Kent whom they beat 31-27 with a try in the last minute.

John Saunders, Hertfordshire Stags’ Team Manager, said: "We are very proud of the Stags as the first Herts RFU County U20 side to win the London & South East Divisional Championship.

"This is a testament to the commitment of my coaching team and the players all of whom have been outstanding. We look forward to the national semi final against Yorkshire. It will be a hard test for a squad of young players who I am sure will do their county proud."

The other semi final sees reigning National U20 champions Gloucestershire host Leicestershire at Lydney.

And the winners from Sunday’s ties will meet in the final at Worcester Warriors’ Sixways Stadium on Sunday, May 13.

RFU National U20 Championship 2011-12

London & South East fixtures/results

Group A

February 19: Kent 33 Eastern Counties 18 at Old Elthamians, Essex v Middlesex, cancelled

January 22: Eastern Counties 31 Essex 5 at Colchester, Middlesex 19 Kent 34 at Old Merchant Taylors’

January 8: Eastern Counties 47 Middlesex 20 at Cambridge, Essex 19 Kent 46 at Thurrock.

Group B

February 19: Hampshire 7 Hertfordshire 24 at Basingstoke, Surrey v Sussex, cancelled

January 29: Hertfordshire 50 Surrey 8 at Bishop’s Stortford

January 22: Sussex 17 Hampshire 44 at Chichester

January 8: Hampshire 37 Surrey 27 at Basingstoke, Hertfordshire 16 Sussex 18 at Old Merchant Taylors’.

London & South East semi finals

February 26: Kent 50 Hampshire 30,Hertfordshire 22 Eastern Counties 5.

London & South East final

March 11: Kent 27 Hertfordshire 31 at Staines RFC.

National semi finals

April 15: Yorkshire v Hertfordshire at Hull RUFC (2.15pm); Gloucestershire v Leicestershire at Lydney RFC (2.30pm).

Final

May 13: at Sixways Stadium, Worcester (2pm).