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Your News Berkshire U20 ease past Oxfordshire U20

Eight tries from Berkshire, including a hat-trick for Reading University full back Isaac Kibirige, to swamp hosts Oxfordshire at Henley RFC last Sunday (11th), 58-13, saw them power into the RFU National U20 Championship South West quarter-final.

They will now face the 2011 defending National U20 Champions Gloucestershire at Reading RFC this coming Sunday, March 18th, 2-30pm kick-off.

The winner will go through to the National semi-finals where they will meet the champion team from either of the London & South East, Midlands or North Divisions.

South West Group A leaders Berkshire, who had previously seen off both Dorset & Wilts and Buckinghamshire, never looked like losing Sunday’s match and were comfortably ahead, 25-6, by the break before dominating the second-half in a similar try scoring vein.

Berkshire Head Coach Mike Tewkesbury said afterwards: “It was a comprehensive win and we played some nice rugby. Obviously you never know in this competition what you’ll be up against and, fair play to the guys, they did exceptionally well.

“I thought the way we played and the tempo meant we kept the ball available and off-loaded well.

“We were also quick to the breakdown and our defence was spot-on.”

Scrum–half James Brooks was also pretty spot-on with the boot landing two penalties and five conversions along the way including the penalty that had the visitors 3-0 in front after six minutes.

A line-out steal, one of many, and some good work from centre Seb Lear paved the way for Berkshire’s opening touchdown from left-wing Will Rasbridge, converted by Brooks who also kicked his second penalty to open up a 13-0 lead after 26 minutes.

While a Will Millett penalty reduced arrears for the home side, despite them being down to 14 men following a yellow card for prop Nathan Humphreys, Berkshire responded immediately when Kibirige opened his account, shaking off the tackles from 25 metres out.

A second Millett penalty again gave the home side a grain of comfort as they cut the lead down to 18-6, following Berkshire hooker Josh Love’s yellow card, it was, however, the visitors who crept even further ahead on the 39thminute.

It came again from full back Kibirige, scorching in under the posts, to give Brooks a simple conversion and his side a 25-6 half-time lead.

A great break from Rasbridge set the Berkshire ball rolling again after the break as he set-up Kibirige for his hat-trick, that went unconverted, and it was Rasbridge himself who benefitted from right wing Dom Goslings break for try number five shortly after.

Gosling waltzed through a dispirited Oxfordshire defence himself for number six while fly half Jack Harrison touched down the next, following a breakout from inside his own 22 by flanker Jack Williams.

With Brooks converting all three Berkshire led 51-6 on 67 minutes and, although they took their boots off the peddle somewhat for home lock Kevin McCallister to crash over for a Millett converted try, it was the visitors who wrapped up the scoring.

It came from an interception by flanker Tom Vooght who powered over himself to give replacement kicker Lear two points with the conversion to end the game.

“Oxfordshire put up a good game against us but, in the end, I think we powered through and I thought our backs especially showed up well while our forwards won us some good ball particularly at the line-out,” summed up Berkshire skipper Nigel Gumbleton.

“We gave away far too many penalties in our two previous matches but, today, we sorted that out, especially the offside line, and it showed.”

Oxfordshire U20: Michael Johnson (Henley); Ben File (Witney), Thom Murton (Witney), David Massey (Reading Abbey), Harry Carr (Oxford University); Will Millett (Chinnor), Max Mitcham (Chinnor); Nathan Humphreys (Chinnor), Ted Soppet (Morley), Andy Berry (UWIC); Lewis Arnold (Oxford), Kevin McAlister (Chinnor); Jack Horwood (Henley), Rob Weight (Henley), Anthony Kent (Chinnor). Reps: Elliot Deacon (Witney), Sam Steventon (Oxford), Will Watts (Gosford All Blacks), Dave Aslett (Bicester), Adam Lubbock (Henley), George Blewitt (Chinnor), Lucas Hill (Grove).

Berkshire U20: Isaac Kibirige (University of Reading); Dom Gosling (Redingensians), Nigel Gumbleton (University of Reading -c), Seb Lear (University of Reading), William Rasbridge (University of Reading); Jack Harrison (University of Reading), James Brooks (University Of West of England); Jamie Townsend (Maidenhead), Josh Love (Newbury), Henry Redshaw (University of Reading); Will Lund (University of Reading), Charlie Davey (Bracknell); Jack Williams (Bracknell), Tom Vooght (University of Birmingham), Jamie Guttridge (University of Loughborough). Reps:Shaun McDermotrode (Glamorgan University), Ross Crame (Redingensians), Olly Roberts (Newbury), Charlie Herd (Windsor), Greg Fox (University Of Reading), Max Brown (London Irish Amateurs), Aaron Walters (University Of Birmingham).

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