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Your News Kent to meet Hertfordshire for place in U20 semis

Kent or Hertfordshire will earn a place in the semi finals of the RFU National U20 Championship, when the two counties meet in the London & South East regional final at Staines RFC on Sunday March 11.

In Sundays (February 26) London & South East last-four matches, staged back to back at Old Merchant Taylors in Northwood, Kent defeated last years national finalists Hampshire 50-30 while Hertfordshires Stags battled to a 22-5 win over Eastern Counties.

Taff Gwilliam, Kent U20 head coach, said: We are delighted with the result. The strength in depth of our squad was severely tested by late withdrawals and it was pleasing how well the players stepping up into the side responded, which can only auger well for the future.

Hampshire showed great spirit and tenacity and never gave up despite being a man short for most of the match.

Kent gave debuts to JJ Redman, Connor Duffy and Josh Raisey against the 2011 Twickenham finalists, and scored the opening try through Adi Moss.

Hampshire had wing Alex Tindall sent off for a dangerous tackle after nine minutes, Ryan Redman kicked the resultant penalty for Kent to lead 8-0 and they went on to add tries by Doug Ebanks, Ollie Best, Moss, Tom Nicholls and Duffy.

Along the way they survived a yellow card in each half to Jake Stringer and Angus Furneaux.

Hampshire had a try by captain Rob Elsmore to trail 25-13 at half-time, and had further tries in the second half by Callum Black, debutant Christian Jones and Nick Ovens.

Hampshire director of Rugby Tim Allen said: "To lose a player so early in the game made it extremely difficult to defend but our team performed fantastically well and they can be proud of what they have achieved.

"To score four tries in adversity shows the extreme talent of this squad."

Herts started brightly against Eastern Counties, and a penalty from 40 metres by Dan Watt of Old Albanians after five minutes was followed by a try from wing Mitchell Henry of Tabard.

A second try in the 23rd minute by Bishops Stortford centre Rory Day was converted by Watt and after a second-half try for Eastern Counties by Mike Ayrton of Cambridge, the scoring concluded with James Sonner of Oaklands College going over.

David Williams, Hertfordshire RFU, said of his countys match: It was a wonderful game of rugby played by two teams who produced an exciting match played with skill and sportsmanship on both sides.

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