Demons and Skolars to meet in final
Demons down Eagles to reach final
Northampton Demons booked their place in the Harry Jepson Trophy Final courtesy of a 34-12 victory over Scottish Champions Edinburgh Eagles at Wetherby on Sunday.
The Demons always looked in control of the semi-final and opened their scoring in the 15th minute with full-back Paul Stewart-Beckett cruising over in the left corner after some fast hands.
Further tries were added through the two centres, Jamie Cottle in the 19th minute and Ben Jones in the 30th minute whose try was added to by kicker Ben Young to give them a 14-0 advantage at the break.
Northampton felt aggrieved not to have scored another try just before half-time with Michael Hulme adjudged to have put his foot into touch after collecting a kick wide on the right before touching down.
For the Eagles a bit more composure on the ball would have paid dividends with mistakes costing them valuable field position and scoring opportunities.
Demons hooker Fred Woods opened the scoring in the second half going over in the 45th minute with scrum-half Ben Young converting to push their lead to 20-0.
The game was then effectively wrapped up by a fine, four minute brace by winger Michael Hulme who crossed in the 50th and 54th minute the first of which saw him travel most of the length of the field to finish under the sticks and give Young an easy job converting.
Credit to the Eagles though who kept battling and were rewarded in the 60th minute with loose forward Ali Maxwell scoring wide out left following sustained pressure and excellent ball movement down the line.
This was converted by Eagles scrum-half Seb Trotter to make the deficit 30-6.
Demons full-back Paul Stewart-Beckett secured victory in the 70th minute with his second try of the afternoon which wasn’t converted but gave the Demons a comfortable advantage.
The Eagles weren’t finished however and scored a consolation try two minutes from time through Kiwi prop forward Tony Wright which was again converted by Seb Trotter to make the final score 34-12 to the Demons.
Tries: Paul Stewart-Beckett (2), Jamie Cottle, Ben Jones, Fred Woods, Michael Hulme (2)
Conversions Ben Young 3/7
Northampton Demons MOM Michael Hulme
Tries: Ali Maxwell, Tony Wright
Conversions: Seb Trotter 2/2
Edinburgh Eagles MOM Ali Maxwell
Referee: Jason Woodman
Played at Wetherby Rugby League club 09/09/2012 KO 2pm.
15 mins TRY Northampton – Paul Stewart-Beckett 4-0
Conversion missed Ben Young 4-0
19 mins TRY Northampton Jamie Cottle 8-0
Conversion missed Ben Young 8-0
30 mins TRY Northampton Ben Jones 12-0
Conversion scored Ben Young 14-0
HALF TIME 14-0
45 mins TRY Northampton Fred Woods 18-0
Conversion scored Ben Young 20-0
50 mins TRY Northampton Michael Hulme 24-0
Conversion scored Ben Young 26-0
54 mins TRY Northampton Michael Hulme 30-0
Conversion missed Ben Young 30-0
60 mins TRY Edinburgh Ali Maxwell 30-4
Conversion scored Seb Trotter 30-6
70 mins TRY Northampton Paul Stewart-Beckett 34-6
Conversion missed Ben Young 34-6
75 mins TRY Edinburgh Tony Wright 34-10
Conversion scored Seb Trotter 34-12
Skolars make Harry Jepson Trophy Final
London Skolars A progressed to the final of the Harry Jepson Trophy which will be played at Pennine Way, Hemel next weekend following a comprehensive 46-22 victory over Gloucestershire Warriors.
Braces from Ollie Bloom, Jack Clover and Danny Burke proved too much for the South West representatives with Ibrahaim Kabia and Dion Chapman also chipping in with tries.
Skolars kicker Aiden Oakley enjoyed an excellent day with the boot, in a game that was played at the home of Oxford Cavaliers, converting 7 from 8 attempts for the north London side who led 28-12 at the break.
Tries for the Warriors who were missing three key players following late withdrawals came from Chris Hall, Kieran Bowes, Jerome Moore and Ash Lewis who also kicked 3 conversions from four attempts.
London Skolars A
Tries: Ollie Bloom (2), Jack Clover (2), Ibrahaim Kabia, Danny Burke (2), Dion Chapman
Conversions Aiden Oakley 7/8
Tries: Chris Hall, Kieran Bowes, Ash Lewis, Jerome Moore
Conversions Ash Lewis 3/4
3 mins Skolars TRY Ollie Bloom 0-4
converted by Aiden Oakley 0-6
5 mins Skolars TRY Jack Clover 0-10
converted by Aiden Oakley 0-12
9 mins Skolars TRY Ollie Bloom 0-16
converted by Aiden Oakey 0-18
23 mins Gloucester TRY Chris Hall 4-18
converted by Ash Lewis 6-18
30 mins Skolars TRY Ibrahim Kabia 6-22
not converted by Aiden Oakley 6-22
33 mins Skolars TRY Danny Burke 6-26
Converted by Aiden Oakley 6-28
36 mins Gloucester TRY Kieran Bowes 10-28
Converted by Ash Lewis 12-28
HT Gloucester 12 London Skolars A 28
50 mins Skolars TRY Dion Chapman 12-32
Converted by Aiden Oakley 12-34
52 mins Skolars TRY Danny Burke 12-38
Converted by Aiden Oakley 12-40
57 mins Gloucester TRY Ash Lewis 16-40
Converted by Ash Lewis 18-40
68 mins Skolars TRY Jack Clover 18-44
Converted by Aiden Oakley 18-46
74 mins Gloucester TRY Jerome Moore 22-46
Not converted by Ash Lewis 22-46
Final Score Gloucester Warriors 22 London Skolars A 46
The Harry Jepson Trophy Final will be at Pennine Way, Hemel, Sunday September 16 KO 2pm.