A good weekend of Cup Rugby for Eastern Counties and its clubs
22 January 2012
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It was weekend of Cup rugby in the Eastern Counties with success pretty much across the board.
There were three local clubs in the fourth round of the RFU Junior Vase with Cantabrigian drawn away to Southwold and Wisbech hosting Billericay. Cantabs have had a storming season so far unbeaten in the league and as expected they were too strong for Southwold winning 33-3. Wisbech are also having an excellent season losing only once to Cantabs and they started to put Billericay to the sword with a 25-0 lead after 55 minutes. Billericay scored three tries to cause some nerves but Wisbech held on for a 25-17 victory. Click here for a match report
This put both clubs into the London quarter finals and they will both fancy their chances of making the final as non of the teams remaining have a record as good as either of them. The only pity is that they are likely to meet each other in the next round as the RFU try to minimise travelling for teams where possible. For all the RFU Junior Vase results click here
On Sunday Shelford went through to the fifth round of the National Colts Cup with a 55-12 home win over Wellingborough and in the Plate Bury St Edmunds got through to the fourth round beating Thurrock 19-15. I think Wymondham are still in the Plate competition too but I can’t find any results for them.
Then on Sunday afternoon I went to watch Eastern Counties U20s play Essex U20s at Colchester RFC in the RFU County Championship. There was a very strong end-to-end wind which Essex had the advantage of in the first half. I thought the wind should be worth 20 points but if Eastern Counties could be within two scores at the break then they should go on to win.
As expected Essex spent most of the first half-hour in the opposition half although it was Eastern Counties who had the lion’s share of possession, the couple of speculative kicks they attempted making no ground at all. Essex eventually broke through but the last five minutes of the half saw Eastern Counties gain territory and then cross the line to level the game at 5-5- at the break.
The second half saw Eastern Counties using the wind advantage and although Essex held out for a while, the tries began to come, the home side winning 31-5. The final pool game against Kent in two weeks will be crucial. Click here for pictures from the game