- Bishop's Stortford claim second National Colts Cup
- Victory ends Midlands dominance
Bishop’s Stortford won the National Colts Cup for the second time in their history by beating Worcester Wanderers 24-7 in Monday's final (May 6) at Goldington Road in Bedford.
The win ended a run of six successive wins by Midlands clubs – five of them by Bedford Blues – in the competition since Bishop’s Stortford last won the competition in 2006.
A side that included three Under 18 internationals in Ireland scrum half Jack Cullen and England hooker Sam James and number eight Charlie Kingham proved too strong for Worcester.
Bishop’s Stortford opened up a 24-0 lead with tight-head prop Will Brown, centre James Obart and fly half Ollie Walker scoring tries and Will Malins adding three conversions and a penalty.
Worcester, who won the North Midlands Colts Cup two weeks ago, scored a late consolation try through scrum half Sam Brown, which Ali Duddell improved.
It was Worcester’s second defeat in the final of the competition, which is run by the East Midlands RU, following a 31-18 reverse against London Irish ten years ago.
Worcester won the National Colts Plate, the competition for sides beaten in rounds one to three of the Cup, in 2006.
Bishop’s Stortford also won the National Colts Plate in 2005 and 2011 and were runners-up in 2008.