West Leeds set for Twickenham as Wetherby suffer rare loss

Henry Packard crossed for Sheffield Tigers in their Yorkshire derby victory over Hull.
Henry Packard crossed for Sheffield Tigers in their Yorkshire derby victory over Hull.
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Hull Ionians had to settle for two bonus points as they went down to a narrow 36-34 home defeat to Ampthill.

First-half tries from winger Steve Slingsby and flanker Laurence Cowen provided little comfort as Ionians were 36-20 behind with half an hour left to play.

But late tries from second row Joe Makin and No 8 Ed Falkingham saw them snatch both losing bonus and four-try bonus points.

Wharfedale slipped closer to relegation after a 30-10 defeat at Plymotuh Albion. They were a match for their high-flying hosts in the early stages, with a Philip Woodhead try and five points from James Guy keeping them close at 10-10 before the Devonians pulled away.

Harrogate ran out 23-15 winners over Broadstreet in National Two North. Tries from Noel Minikin and Jake Brady were added to by Lewis Minikin, who kicked a conversion and three penalties.

Ten points behind with half an hour on the clock, Sandal fought back to beat South Leicester 29-20.

Two tries from flanker James Briscoe and one from second row James Stewart were added to by stand-off and captain Greg Wood who kicked a conversion and four penalties.

Otley were beaten 27-19 by promotion-chasing Stourbridge, while bottom of the table Huddersfield lost out 22-12 to visitors Caldy.

National Three North champions Sheffield Tigers maintained their 20-point lead over Wirral despite being held to a modest 17-15 margin in their home win against Hull.

With the title already in the bag, Tigers had to be focused as they played their part in a very physical game that saw Ed Simmons and Henry Packard score the tries.

Mark Ireland played his part, converting twice and slotting over a penalty.

Sheffield slipped a place to fourth when they were handed a 41-19 beating at Rossendale.

Ilkley recorded a 13-10 win at Waterloo, while Cleckheaton also won on the road, beating Birkenhead Park 22-17. But Huddersfield YMCA were narrowly beaten 26-23 by visitors Billingham.

West Leeds booked their place in the RFU Senior Vase final at Twickenham when they beat Oundle 31-23, with tries coming from Kier Breakwell, Mark Calderwood and James Damarell, while Dale Breakwell kicked two conversions and four penalties.

Unbeaten for 57 consecutive matches, Wetherby lost out 13-7 to Buxton in the semi-final of the RFU Junior Vase.

Doncaster Phoenix put the North One East title beyond Morley’s reach with an eight-try, 50-17 home victory over Guisborough.

Right winger Lee Wallace ran in a hat-trick of tries, and outside centre Will Burden added two more.

Morley, 18 points adrift but with a game in hand, also scored a bonus in a 40-19 win at Driffield. Morley raced into a 33-0 lead at half-time before holding on to take victory.

Dinnington came from 10-0 down at half-time to scrape a 
14-10 home win over Pocklington, reversing an away defeat earlier in the season and swinging the match with a 75th-minute try by full-back Chris Williams.

Wheatley Hills, already 
22-10 ahead by half-time, were restricted to a bonus-winning fourth try by lock Andy Penno in the second half but beat tailenders Beverley 29-10 at Doncaster.

Bradford and Bingley maintained a nine-point margin over Malton and Norton at the top of Yorkshire One when they ran in seven tries in a 41-20 victory at North Ribblesdale.

Full-back Benny Greaves scored a hat-trick and right winger Adam Sutcliffe touched down twice. Malton also managed a bonus with four tries but were held to a 24-22 winning margin in a cliffhanger against Scarborough at the Gannock.

Ali Coe scored the winning try for Malton and Norton, while Ben Boothman, Jamie Rounthwaite and Ben Woodhouse also crashed over.

Third-placed Bridlington also kept on the pace with a 38-7 win at Selby with winger William Davies scoring a hat-trick and Gary Stevens two, but second- bottom Old Crossleyans pulled off an upset as they beat fourth-placed Hullensians 33-17. Ryan Sweeney, Chris Vine and Richard Wheal scored their tries.