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Gloucestershire 18-32 Lancashire

Lancashire
Lancashire now have two more county championship than Gloucestershire

Lancashire defeated Gloucestershire 32-18 in the final of the Bill Beaumont Cup at Twickenham to secure a record 19th county championship.

Lancashire took the lead with a try early on but Gloucestershire responded well within minutes.

They took a brief 18-17 lead in the second half but could not hold onto it, mainly through a heavy penalty count.

Lancashire secured the win on 70 minutes with a 40-metre try from inside centre Matthew Riley.

The red rose county opened their account with six minutes on the clock with a try from flanker Juan Crous but it went unconverted by fly-half Alex Davies.

Gloucestershire replied almost immediately through winger Chris Holder but again the extras were missed.

Although both sides were then awarded three penalties apiece it was Gloucestershire fly-half Mark Woodrow's miss that separated the teams with the score on 14-11 at half time.

The West Country men then conceded two more penalties although Davies could only convert one of them.

But they did take the lead through a break down the wing by Jonny May whose chip in-field was fumbled by the covering Lancashire defence before flanker Dean Jenkins gathered to go over. Woodrow converted to send Gloucestershire in front 18-17.

Their lead was short-lived however as another break down the touchline, this time from Nicholas Royle, ended with a score in the corner for Lancashire. Davies again missed the conversion but did subsequently add another penalty.

With just 10 minutes left to play the victors sealed their win through Riley's try, which Davies then converted.


Lancashire captain Stephen Nutt said:

"This is a tremendous achievement. The players have really bought into the ethos of county rugby and gelled together so quickly this season.

"We knew we had the firing power in all departments and today we performed. We are absolutely delighted."

Gloucestershire coach Paul Williams said:

"We are obviously very disappointed. They dominated the contact area well, and we lost a lot of possession and when you lose that much it is always going to go against you.

"We thought that we would get stronger as the game went on but you have to give Lancashire credit for coming back after we took the lead. "


Routes to the final

Gloucestershire: Somerset 15-60 Gloucestershire; Gloucestershire 37-3 Devon; Gloucestershire 34-19 Cornwall

Lancashire: Warwickshire 28 Lancashire 66; Lancashire 23 Yorkshire 21; Lancashire 80 Northumberland 12




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