- Chris Scott sees holders home in British Police Cup
- Third win in four years for West Midlands Police
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West Midlands Police retained the British Police Cup by beating the Police Service of Northern Ireland 15-6 in this evening’s final at Stourbridge’s Stourton Park.
It was a matched shaped by the grim weather conditions with heavy showers and numbing cold making handling difficult and reducing the pitch to a mudbath.
Both sides produced a competitive and feisty contest which turned into a kicking duel between the fly halves.
Chris Scott, who plays his Saturday rugby for Midlands Three West South champions Earlsdon, landed five penalties for West Midlands with Mark Crothers responding with two for PSNI.
Scott kicked four penalties in the first half when West Midlands had a stiff downfield wind at their backs which helped them to open up a 12-3 lead.
The experience of Moseley lock Richard Stott, who came on as replacement at half time, helped the holders through a testing second half.
It was the third time in four seasons that West Midlands had won the competition and the fourth time in all.
Their first success came in 2000 when they beat the PSNI, then the Royal Ulster Constabulary, at Coventry.