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Your News Yorkshire U20 launch title defence

YORKSHIRE launched the defence of their National Under 20 RU Championship title when they scored six tries in a 40-14 victory over Northumberland at Middlesbrough RFC yesterday (Sunday, November 11).

Tries by hooker Sam Kerry (Beverley) and fly-half Callum Irvine (Harrogate)in the first five minutes, both converted by Hull Ionians scrum-half Isaac Green laid the foundation for victory.

Although the visitors rallied with a try by Joshua Hedley, goaled by Robert Parker, the home side pulled ahead to lead 28-7 at the interval when Kerry claimed his second, lock Guy Van Dries (Darlington Mowden Park) claimed the fourth and Green converted both.

When Yorkshire lost two players to the sin bin for technical offences, Northumberland collected their second try when centre Oliver Tapscott crossed and Parker converted, but the White Roses team had the last word with a try from Hull Ionians centre Ben Johnson goaled by Irvine.

"We were pleased with the performance given the fact that we had a few injury issues leding up to the game and this season we did not have a warm-up match," said Team Manager Keith Dyas.

In the other Pool 1 fixture at Chester, Cheshire went down 26-22 against Lancashire, who now have home advantage when they take on their arch-rivals Yorkshire on December 2, 2012 at Broughton Park RFC.

After a fairly even first 20 minutes, during which Cheshire lost two players to injury, Lancashire pulled away with three converted tries before Cheshire pegged them back with a converted try just before half- time.

Early in the second-half Lancashire scored again to lead 26-7, at which point they appeared to take their foot off the pedal, introduced three replacements and conceded a try out wide.

Trailing by 12 points with less than 10 minutes to go, Cheshire refused to concede and the sin binning of Lancashire flanker, Eddie Webster, showed how influential he had been at the breakdown. Cheshire scored two further tries to cut the deficit to four points as the game entered injury time, but despite a furious last ditch effort by the home side, Lancashire managed to defend desperately to hold out.

In Pool 1 of the Under 20s Shield Championship, Durham opened their programme with a 44-27 win over Cumbria at Upper Eden RFC.

Durhams profligacy in conceding a string of first-half penalties gave the home side plenty of encouragement, but the visitors always looked dangerous with the ball in hand and they eventually collected eight tries in a convincing victory.

Durham now entertain Leicestershire at Darlington RFC on Saturday, December 2 (2.15pm)

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