Published: 20/05/2019


Yorkshire rounded off their Bill Beaumont County Championship Cup campaign with a handsome 26 points to 20 win against Lancashire at Fylde.

Huddersfield RUFC’s regular half backs found themselves on opposing sides in the ‘Roses’ match. Rochdale born fly half Chris Johnson was in position for Lancashire with scrum half Jack Maplesden turning out for the ‘White Rose’. Yorkshire also had winger Tom Hodson, flanker Lewis Bradley and hooker Francis Entressengle from Huddersfield in their ranks.

Both teams scored two converted tries with wingers Tom Grimes and Tom Carleton crossing for the home team. Yorkshire’s tries came from centre James Tincknell and Hodson. Yorkshire opened the scoring on seven minutes with Hodson’s try and led throughout but the final result hinged on the goal kicking. In addition to two conversions Johnson landed a penalty and a drop goal but Lewis Minikin more than matched him for Yorkshire. With two conversions and four successful penalty kicks he shaded the game for the visitors.

Huddersfield RUFC Head Coach Gaz Lewis has been the Yorkshire forwards coach this season and has thoroughly enjoyed the experience. ‘On a personal level it has been great working with the other coaches, managers and players and has been a step up from league rugby. This magnificent win has been a great end to the campaign but one tinged with disappointment at not having reached the final but we’ll come back stronger next season.’   

The result means that Yorkshire finished third in the Northern Division 1 group with two wins from their three games. Lancashire had an identical record but pipped them to second place courtesy of an extra try scoring bonus point. Cheshire topped the group with a 100% win record and they will meet Cornwall, winners of the Southern pool, in the final at Twickenham.

Richard Sykes, Huddersfield Daily Examiner.


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