Dugan Brother Double and a Knight drop goal seals Hampshire trip to Twickenham as they beat Warwickshire 23-15 in their RFU Championship Shield semi-final at Rugby Lions RFC.


Hampshire XV had to dig deep in the last 5 mins as they had only a 2 point lead. In the first half Hampshire chose to play against the wind in the first half and were trailing 3-0 from a Warwickshire drop goal inside the first minute.However, captain and scrum-half Wes Dugan ran through a space for the game’s opening try. Full back Alex Sutherland added the conversion to put Hampshire 7-3 in front.


Just before Half time Warwickshire regained the lead to go in front 7-10


Hampshire started the 2nd half well and after 10 mins Wayne Dugan was on hand to finish off a move on the outside. Sutherland again added the conversion to make it 14-10. Warwickshire didn’t give up and was rewarded with another try to regain the lead 14-15.


Hampshire resolute in defence were awarded a penalty on the 66th minute and Sutherland’s penalty kick put them back ahead again 17-15. With all to play, Sutherland received a yellow card and was sent to the sin-bin. However, his Bournemouth team mate Joe Rees put in a massive tackle to save Hampshire on one occasion causing his opposite number to knock on five metres from the line.


Pierre-Alex Clark from the resulting scrum was able to clear his lines and with five minutes left on the clock Joel Knight smashed over a 30-yard drop kick to extend the lead to 20-15. With Warwickshire pushing for a try. Hampshire were awarded a penalty two minutes from time and Robbie Searle sealed the win with a penalty.


Final Score 23-15


Team manager Simon Burns said ‘It is a fantastic result after a very competitive semi-final, the players showed all their character to win the game after trailing three times. In the last 10 minutes we had to dig very deep because we were defending a two-point lead with 14 men. Pierre-Alex Clark pinned Warwickshire back with some pin-point kicking and we put in a couple of crucial tackles. It is a fantastic achievement to get to Twickenham, we won the competition back in 2008 but the final that year was played at Aldershot. There is no pressure on the players now because they have made the final. They can just go out at Twickenham with the aim of putting in their best ever performance and winning the competition again.’



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