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St Leonards 1st XV through to Rubery Owen Cup final against Rugeley

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

By Dave Mclean

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St Leonards 1st XV 48 Whittington 1st XV 12

LEAGUE strugglers St Leonards 1st XV kept their season alive by marching in to the final of this season's Rubery Owen Cup

In Saturday's semi-final they hosted Whittington and the scoring opened swiftly as Carl Butler scored for Saints within the first three minutes of play. He burst through the defence and sprinted to the line, with Tim Greatholder adding the conversion.

Butler and Greatholder paired up again with another almost identical try and conversion, giving Saints a 14-0 lead.

A penalty was awarded to Saints and Paul Donnelly took the kick and sucussfully converted, bagging the home side a further three points.

A penalty for Whittington saw them take a quick tap and close the gap to 17-7 with a converted try.

Sam Carroll was next to score after catching a high ball put in by Whittington. He dashed down the wing and side-stepped the last defender to score.

Carl Butler scooped a hat-trick after again flying down the wing and shaking off the defence, Donnelly added the conversion.

A few phases of forwards play saw Saints leap frog up the pitch. Tom Parker took advantage of the last ruck taking the ball down the blind side to score.

Whittington scored a good break away too, but were unlucky to miss the conversion.

Macauley Blencowe was next to score for Saints after some fancy footwork carried him over the line, again converted by Donnelly.

A last minute push flustered the Whittingtons defence and gave Ian Lewis space to sprint through to finish off with a seventh to Saints, Donnelly again accurate with the boot to add the additional two points. Saints will now face Rugeley in the final.

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