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Your News Mixed fortunes for U20 Roses duo

YORKSHIRE will face reigning champions Gloucestershire in the final of the National RU Under 20s Championship at Twickenham on May 8 (12noon) after both sides swept through their Semi-finals in emphatic style.

The prospects of a Roses final were dashed at Lydney, where Gloucestershire put Lancashire to the sword with a 74-19 Semi-final victory to set up a repeat of the last two finals, both of which have been won by the West Country side.

Ironically, the Red Rose side took the lead after 30 seconds with a try by Sedgley Park full-back Michael Dutton from the kick-off which fly-half Andrew Abraham (Vale of Lune) converted, but the home side then took control.

Vale of Lune hooker Chris Thompson scored a second Lancashire try before the interval, but by then the champions had the game wrapped up at 29-12 and they pulled away steadily to leave a late try by centre Sam Russell no more than a well-deserved consolation for the Fylde player.

"Gloucestershire were a very good, strong team and it was always a big ask for us to come down here and beat the reigning champions," said Lancashire Team Manager John Greenwood.

"It was very hot, very hard and they were a big strong powerful team who played very well together.

Yorkshire were also in dominant mood when they scored eight tries to beat Dorset & Wiltshire 64-0 in the other Semi-final at Bournemouth.

The White Rose team have swept through their seven-match programme in dominant fashion, scoring 386 points and conceding only 75, their demolition of the twin counties being the product of another balanced display in which the forwards laid the foundation for victory with a powerful performance.

The key to success on this occasion was that having established a 19-0 half-time lead, the visitors retained their focus and sense of direction to run in six tries after the break.

First-half tries by full-back Joel Gill and wingman Jack Bircham were supplemented by three penalties from centre Tom Davidson, who took his tally for the match to 24 points with a try and five conversions in the second-half.

As Yorkshire maintained the pressure in the second period, flanker Oliver Rodgers, centre Jack Mackie, wingman Thomas Hodson, replacement Rob Almond, fly-half Sam Watkinson and Bircham all crossed to leave the visitors convincing winners.

Said Team Manager Keith Dyas: "This time we played for the full 80 minutes and produced some top-class rugby in the process. We also sustained the tempo when we introduced our replacements which also contributed to a first-class performance."

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