As many TringRugby followers are aware Tring’s very own Tommy Newton has been representing Hertfordshire Rugby for several years now. County rugby is played by a very good calibre of players so just to get selected is a massive achievement in itself.
Last season the final was played by the same to sides with Lancashire running out with the trophy 32-23 in Hertfordshire’s first ever County Championship final.
Hertfordshire, having gained some experience and seen the level of players needed to win a final selected the cream of the Countys players. Our own Tommy and Chinnor’s Tim Mowbray (also an ex TringRugby player) were in fact being players from the lowest leagues to be playing in the cup final. Again a great example of the great talent and training at TringRugby needed to achieve this. Richard Gregg, another ex-Tring player who learnt his trade at Tring for many years, and is now at one of the clubs in St Albans, was also representing Herts. He was keeping Tim Mowbray company on the bench after Tom Newton finally got the nod to start in the final after coming off the bench in the previous rounds of the competition.
Herts started slower in the hot cauldron of Twickenham having to defend for much of the half. There was a gut feeling of the outcome when the Lancashire front row changed for rolling subs after about 35 mins and a full change in the second row also in the first half. Tommy missed one kick from a Herts try which came out of fast strong defence. Herts were quick off the line all day giving Lancs very little opportunity to create anything to get across the gain line.
Early in the second half Tom chased his kick hard to create chaos amongst the defence causing a loose pass from Italian international Warren Spragg to end up in Tom’s safe hands to score a try.
Later in the half Tim Mowbray and Richie Gregg came on which was great to see from a Tring perspective as they had all played together at Tring.
Lancashire started firm favourites having won the cup the previous three times (with the added advantage of one of Bill Beaumont’s sons playing for Lancs). He was amongst 15 players in the 20 man squad from Fylde rugby club who play in National League One. In the end though the three man influence of Tring was too much and Herts won their first ever county cup by 38-20.
This is only a short game report as I was texting Kirky and half of Tring through much of the game! It was a good game and a great advert for county rugby and for Tring’s very own Tommy Newton what better way than to finish your season, than scoring a try at HQ with a winners medal presented by Bill Beaumont!