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National Under 20 Shield news from the Midlands

06 December 2012

  • Late flurry sees Warwickshire home
  • Staffordshire’s quarter-final hopes end at Broadstreet

Warwickshire improved their prospects of reaching the quarter-finals of the National Under 20 Shield by scoring 18 points in the final quarter to clinch a 28-10 win over Staffordshire at Broadstreet RFC.

Staffordshire pulled level at 10-10 when Trentham prop Ryan Getley crossed under the posts after 57 minutes and Wolverhampton’s Will Jones added the conversion.

But Warwickshire were quick to counter-attack when Staffordshire lost possession close to half-way and Bromsgrove fly-half Ben Palmer crossed for the try that turned the match.

Palmer then kicked two penalties to stretch Warwickshire’s lead and replacement wing Daniel Leake (Nuneaton) put the seal on victory when he crossed late on with Jack Howland of Barkers’ Butts adding the conversion.

Howland had given Warwickshire the lead with a 24th-minute penalty that proved to be the only score of the first half.

Jones equalised with a penalty four minutes into the second half but Warwickshire regained the lead when centre Greg Loydall of Old Laurentians went over for a try, which Palmer converted.

Staffordshire were handicapped by the withdrawal of four players who were suffering from the norovirus, which meant they were forced into a late reshuffle.

Their second defeat ended Staffordshire’s hopes of progressing further in the competition as Oxfordshire, who they meet in their final pool match in February, have already won two games.

Warwickshire will need to win their final pool match against Oxford University at Iffley Road on February 10 if they are to go through to the quarter-finals.