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ROSES rivals Lancashire and Yorkshire earned themselves home advantage in the Northern Division Semi-Final Play-offs in the National RU Under 20 Championship on March 18 when they closed their regional programmes with victories this afternoon (February 26, 2012).

Lancashire defeated Cheshire 26-11 at Lymm and will now meet Northumberland, Runners-up to Yorkshire in the North East group, while Cheshire will cross the Pennines after the White Rose team beat Northumberland 34-25 at Northern.

While Yorkshire, who reached the Semi-Final last season before losing to eventual winners Gloucestershire, scored five tries, the game was in the balance for long spell, with both sides showing plenty of resilience in a nip-and-tuck contest.

Yorkshire went ahead with a penalty by scrum-half Joe Rowntree (Harrogate), but a Northumberland hit back to lead with an unconverted try. Rowntree crossed for Yorkshire and after the home side led again with a converted try and a penalty, a second touchdown by wingman Piers Goodwill (Newcastle Un), converted by Rowntree leveled the scores at 15-15 by half-time.

The visitors than made the crucial breakthrough when they scored tries in quick succession by prop Tom Francis (Leeds Un) and Goodwill, a conversion by Rowntree giving his side a 27-15 cushion.

Northumberland, however, were in no mood to concede and they bounced back with a converted try and a penalty to cut the deficit to 27-25, but Yorkshire finally sealed victory with a try from a lineout drive by lock Piers Phillips (Darlington Mowden Park) which fly-half Greg Lound (Hull) converted from wide out.

The game at Lymm was also a competitive affair, with Lancashire pulling away in the second-half after leading 7-6 at the interval, a try by centre Tom Bedlow, goaled by full-back Scott Redfearn (Stockport) edging them ahead of two penalties by Tom Bills.

A try and conversion by Redfearn pulled Lancashire further ahead before the first of two tries by Fylde wingman Ben Rath, goaled by Redfearn, gave the visitors a decisive edge.

A Doug Day try for Cheshire cut the arrears, but Raths second wrapped up the Lancashire win and left them at home to Northumberland in the Semi-Final Play-Offs.

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