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Your News Lancashire back at Twickenham

YORKSHIRE claimed the 2010 Bill Beaumont Cup Roses bragging rights when they beat Lancashire 30-28 at Huddersfield today (Saturday, May 22), but the Red Rose men wore the broader smiles after their superior scoring ratio earned them a place in the final ahead of their White Rose rivals and Cheshire.

In one of a hugely competitive and evenly balanced Northern Division One, Cheshire's 27-26 win over Northumberland at Chester left them on four points alongside the Roses pair, but Lancashire edged top spot of scoring average.

"At one stage our Twickenham place was very much at risk, but the lads responded well," said Coach Mark Nelson: "Just before half-time, when Yorkshire led 24-6, they were going to Twickenham, but we turned it round and eventually got into the lead before Yorkshire got a late penalty.

"Yorkshire deserved the win, but I think we probably deserved to get to Twickenham. This game could have gone either way and we then had a nervous period at the end of the game checking out the maths involving Cheshire and their win.

"We've score converted tries in the last minute of two of our games and those 14 points have proved decisive. Northumberland have lost all their games and been relegated, but they could have won them all. The margin has been so close."

Hooker Jonny Roddam, scrum-half Craig Aikman and prop Rob O'Donnell scored tries for Lancashire, with fly-half Steve Collins landing two conversions and three penalties.

"We've fallen short by 11 points," said Yorkshire Coach Bob Hood: "It was nice to get the win, but obviously we're disappointed.

"Lancashire scored a couple of close-range tries while we had a man in the sin-bin and our possession dried up for a spell. We were looking pretty strong at half-time, but Lancashire did the business when we were a man down.

"It was a good tussle today and I'm glad we won it, but at the end of the day, we are left to rue the Cheshire game."

Centre Jamie Broadley, wingman Steve Parsons and No 8 Jon Skurr scored tries for Yorkshire, with full-back Richard Vasey converting two and adding three penalties.

There was a major bonus for Cheshire, however, in that in beating Northumberland by a point, they held onto the Division One status they claimed when getting promotion last season, Northumberland now dropping into Division Two, where they will be in competition with neighbours Durham next season.

Durham closed their season with another narrow success, their first of the season, when they beat Eastern Counties 27-23 at Sudbury RFC.

There was disappointment for Cumbria, however, who failed to produce the form that had earned them a County Championship Shield Semi-final place and went down 37-35 against Leicestershire at Lutterworth RFC.

"It was a game that we could have and should have won, but too many unforced errors and too many missed tackles cost us the game," said Coach Mark Richardson: "We just made too many mistakes and gave the game away really.

"In fairness to Leicestershire, they were a better team than the two we've played, but we could have done it. They were 37-21 up going into the last ten minutes, but we dominated the closing stages and fought our way back. In the final analysis, however, we made too many errors and paid the penalty."

Tries by wingman Joe Nattrass, centre Mike Hawley, props Graham Andrews and Andreas Venter and flanker Jack Rowe, all converted by fly-half Steve Wood, kept Cumbria in the hunt, but three soft tries around half-time proved decisive in Leicestershire's favour.

While Cumbria were denied a Twickenham outing, Lancashire can now look forward to a repeat of last season's final when they meet Gloucestershire again on May 30, the men from the South West winning another epic battle at Redruth when they pipped Cornwall 31-27 in the decisive match in Division One South.

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