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Bishop’s Stortford, Heathfield and Dorking fly London & South East flag in National U17 finals

02 May 2012

  • Four finals to be descended at home of Aviva Premiership club
  • National U17 Cup, Plate, Bowl and Shield at stake at Sixways

Three clubs from the London & South East division have won through to the finals of the RFU National Under 17 cup competitions to be staged at Worcester Warriors’ Sixways Stadium this Sunday (May 6).

Bishop’s Stortford from Hertfordshire will meet Doncaster in the National U17 Plate final, Heathfield & Waldron from Sussex will take on Shrewsbury for the U17 Bowl and Dorking from Surrey will face Moseley in the U17 Shield.

Heathfield recorded a last-gasp win over South West champions Taunton in the semi final of the National Under 17 Bowl at Henley RFC to make it through to the Worcester finals.

With 16 minutes gone a try by Piers O’Conor converted by Harry Reilly had Heathfield 7-5 up and with a penalty by Reilly they trailed 13-10 at half time, which soon became 20-10.

Taunton lost two players to the sin bin, and Heathfield ran out winners with converted tries by Freddy Jones and O’Conor.

Having defeated Bury St Edmunds to become London & South East champions in the Plate, Bishop’s Stortford knocked out the South West’s Henley Hawks on their own home patch, 17-7, in the national semi final.

And in the Shield semi final at Henley, a strong backs performance helped Dorking to a 41-5 win over Cirencester.

Dorking’s tries came from wing Noel Salmon, centre Will Bennett (3), fly half Adam Worth (2) and centre Olly Hutson.

The RFU’s National U17s competition continues to provide a competitive rugby structure for club players up and down the country and to encourage players at under 17 level to represent their club and progress through to their club’s adult sides.