- Northumberland victory sets up repeat of 2006 final
- Yorkshire await at Twickenham after their victory over Kent
Ollie Foster was the hat-trick hero as Northumberland booked their passage to Twickenham for a showdown with old rivals Yorkshire in the final of the National Under 20 Championship.
Tynedale winger Foster ran in three of his side’s five tries in their 44-7 victory over Gloucestershire at Cinderford RFC on Sunday. Flanker Rob Lenderyou of Percy Park also touched down, and Northumberland were awarded one penalty try.
Newcastle University’s Rhodri Adamson was also in fine form, the scrum half converting all five tries as well as kicking three penalties.
Gloucestershire’s only response was a try for scrum half Sam Watkins early in the second half which was converted by Ollie Locke. Their arrears were reduced to 21-7 at that stage, but the visitors were not to be denied.
Northumberland will now meet Yorkshire in the showpiece final at Twickenham on Sunday 4 May, in what will be a repeat of the memorable 2006 final. On that occasion, a converted try just two minutes from time proved decisive as Yorkshire won a classic encounter 24-21.
Chris Matthews, secretary to Northumberland’s U20 group, said: “We have had a terrific spirit in the team all season. The togetherness is what has got us through to the final, and that was especially evident yesterday.
“We’ve played five games this season and four of those have been away. Our only defeat was actually at home to Yorkshire when we lost 44-41. We’ve come a long way since then and we will be looking forward to the final.”
Yorkshire booked their passage to the final with a 34-19 victory over Kent at Doncaster RUFC.
Gloucestershire U20: Ed Sheldon (Thornbury); Ryan Woodhouse (Matson), Sam Hanks (Cinderford), Ben Large (Drybrook), Jacob Unwin (Hartpury College); Ollie Locke (Old Centralians), Sam Watkins (Cinderford); Dean Brooker (Ealing Trailfinders), Finlay Sinclair (Cinderford), Ray Chase (Barton Hill), Lance Randall (Cinderford) (c), Jake Holcombe (Dings Crusaders), Kyle Frowen (Hartpury College), Max Woodward (Old Redcliffians), Will Hodgetts (Cinderford).
Replacements: Ryan Roach (Cleve), Luke Panting (Thornbury), Aaron Ryan (Old Patesians), Ewan Bulger (Hartpury College), Ben Charlton-Hibbert (Unattached), Ollie Whiting (Cinderford), Ollie Young (Cheltenham)
Northumberland U20: George Adams (Newcastle University); Ollie Foster (Tynedale), Gary Andrews (Northumbria University), Peter Weightman (Tynedale), Ollie Walker (Percy Park); Rob Parker (Tynedale), Rhodri Adamson (Newcastle University); Sam White (Tynedale), Louis Frankland (Tynedale), Richard Elliott (Alnwick), Josh Hedley (Percy Park), Callum McCulloch (Northumbria University), Ethan Wilson (Percy Park), Rob Lenderyou (Percy Park), Nick Cairns (Tynedale).
Replacements: Andrew Lawson (Westoe), Charles Popp (Westoe), Chris Ward (Novocastrians), Joe McKenzie (Westoe), Dan Laventure (Northumbria University), Ollie Hearn (Newcastle University), Aston Whitlow (Alnwick)
Referee: Mike Hudson