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Your News Berkshire U20's kick-off RFU National U20 campaign with win over Dorset & Wilts

It certainly was third time lucky for the Berkshire U20 side who, on the third attempt to kick-off their 2012 National U20 Championship South West Group A campaign, saw off visitors Dorset & Wilts at Reading RFC last Sunday (19th), posting what appeared to be a reasonably comfortable winning 36-25 margin.

In fact, they made heavy weather of it in the second half having wracked up a commanding 24-6 interval lead and certainly didn’t help their own cause by having two players yellow carded at separate times through the half.

“I don’t think that we played to the level that we are capable of,” admitted head coach Mike Tewkesbury. “We did play well in the first half, no doubt about it, but the yellow cards in the second half didn’t help because it allowed them to score and we lost our continuity.”

All of the early plaudits went to the home team as they kept the visitors hard at work inside their own half before, on 15 minutes, centre Nigel Gumbleton seized on an errant opposition pass to steam over that, along with scrum half James Brooks conversion, put the South West 7-0 in front.

Although the visitors reduced arrears courtesy of fly half Nick Shepherd’s boot, 7-3, the home side continued to dominate grabbing two further tries and a penalty up to the break.

The first try came from flanker Tom Vooght, off a fine rolling-maul, and it was a break by Vooght that set-up Brooks for their only penalty of the game to put them 17-3 ahead.

And, on 32 minutes, they had increased the margin after No.8 Jamie Guttridge had paved the way for centre Henry Stapleton to run in try No.3, once again converted by Brooks, for a 24-6 interval lead.

Despite a promising start to the second half from the visitors it was Berkshire who extended their lead thanks to a fine try scoring effort up the left-hand wing from full back Isaac Kibirige and again embellished by Brooks.

But, with a man in the sin-bin, Berkshire conceded a simple try from scrum half Ed Wilson, converted by Shepherd, before, against the run of play, they extended their lead further courtesy of a storming scoring run up the wing from left wing Will Rasbridge.

A try from full back Anthony Fitch, catching the Berks defence knapping from a quickly taken tapped penalty, reduced the visitors arrears and, with a second Berkshire player going to the sin-bin, the visitors constant pressure was further rewarded when wing Dan Mallard added their final unconverted try.

Berkshire U20: Isaac Kibirige (Uni.of Reading); Dom Gosling (Redingensians), Nigel Gumbleton (Uni. of Reading), Harry Stapleton (Redingensians), William Rasbridge (Uni. Of Reading); Jack Harrison (Uni. Of Reading), James Brooks (Uni. Of West of England); Jamie Townsend (Maidenhead), Josh Love (Newbury), Harry Redshaw (Uni. Of Reading); Will Lund (Uni. Of Reading), Charlie Davey (Bracknell); Ben Sawbridge (Uni. Of Reading), Tom Vooght (Uni. Of Birmingham), Jamie Guttridge (Uni. Of Loughborough). Reps: Ross Crame (Redingensians), Olly Roberts (Newbury), Charlie Herd (Windsor), Greg Fox (Uni. Of Reading), Jack Williams (Bracknell), Aaron Walters (Uni. Of Birmingham), Chris Laidler (Bracknell).

Dorset & Wilts U20: Anthony Fitch (Wimborne); Thomas Westlake (Bournemouth), Mike Beswick (Chippenham), Tim Berry (Swindon), Dan Mallard (Bournemouth); Nick Sheppard (Weymouth), Ed Wilson (Chippenham); Ollie Miller (Salisbury), Jack Beazer (Corsham), Stephen Rowbotham (Warminster); Chris McNulty (Salisbury), Rich Kirby (North Dorset); Aaron Garrett (Oakmeadians), Oliver Spanswick (Newbury), Oli Bilton (Bradford-on-Avon). Reps: James Luckett (Supermarine), James Smith (Bournemouth), Olly Harding (Hartpury College), Sam Veneroso (Bournemouth).

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