Tor 21 Yeovil 19
at Hornets RFC on Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The Somerset County Rugby Football Union Immediate Past President Des Chalmers presented Tor captain James Austwick with the Webb-Ellis Somerset County Vase after a nail-biting match played on the new RFU Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) at Hornets RFC.
Tor, who were beaten 62-17 by Yatton in last season’s final, last lifted the trophy in the 2008/9 season with a 16-15 victory over Burnham-on-Sea while it was the first appearance in the final for Yeovil, the Dorset & Wilts 1 South champions.
The Tor points came through tries from full back Gavin Hancock, second row Harrison Collins and wing Jack Mallone with fly-half Daniel Ferriday adding two penalties.
Yeovil’s replied with a try from second row Paul Mortensen with fly-half Max Harvey adding the conversion, a penalty and a drop goal while replacement Ash Pippard kicked two penalties.
Tor scorers – tries: Gavin Hancock, Harrison Collins, Jack Mallone. Pens: Daniel Ferriday.
Yeovil scorers – try: Paul Mortensen; con: Max Harvey; pens: Max Harvey, Ash Pippard 2; dg: Max Harvey.
Referee: Harry Garmston. Assistant Referees: Rob Owen & Chris Brown. Fourth Official: Reg Lewis
Special commemorative shirts for the match officials provided by Morris & Perry Ltd - Gurney Slade Quarry. Somerset County Rugby Football Union would like to thanks Hornets RFC for hosting the match.
Semi-finals: Gordano 20 Yeovil 35; Tor 35 Yatton 34; Quarter Finals: Gordano 57 Cheddar 3; Imperial 20 Yeovil 29; Tor 43 St Bernadettes 26; Yatton 76 Nailsea & Backwell 33
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Yatton 62 - 17 Tor
at Weston-super-Mare RFC, Wednesday, March 23, 2016
YATTON marked their first ever appearance in a Somerset County RFU Vase final by lifting the trophy with a comprehensive victory at Weston-super-Mare RFC over Tribute Somerset Premier league rivals Tor.
County president Des Chalmers presented the match officials with their plagues and the players with their medals before presenting scrum half Toby Payne, the Tor skipper, with the runners-up Vase. The president also presented Yatton centre Ben Bowyer with the 'Man of the Match' award but the biggest cheer of the evening came when Yatton skipper and lock Nick Wakefield lifted the winner's Vase.
The two sides met in the league just four days prior to the final with Yatton storming to a 54 -15 home league victory to take them ten points clear at the top of the table with four games still to play. In that match Yatton ran in nine tries, including a brace for Chris Edwards, but they went one better in the final by crossing the whitewash on ten occasions with 'Smeagol' Edwards claiming a hat-trick. Yatton started strongly with centre Tom Moore breaking down the left touchline before weaving in field to score under the posts. Minutes later Bowyer repeated the move from the other wing for the second try with just five minutes on the clock.
Scum half Charlie Harrison added the extras to both touchdowns before Tor finally broke into the opposition 22. A catch and drive led to prop Dumiso NCube (sic) touching down and fly-half Dan Ferriday adding the conversion. Yatton added further tries either side of a Ferriday penalty with fly-half Nick Raymond claiming the first and Moore crossing for his second, both converted by Harrison, to give their side a 33-10 half time lead. The league leaders wasted little time adding to their score with Edwards scoring his second try of the match. But then the pace of the game seemed to slow and it was another twenty minutes before the scoreboard operator was troubled again.
Wakefield crossed the whitewash for Yatton's seventh try, converted by Harrison, before Edwards competed his hat-trick. Lloyd Richardson was unable to converted and them score his next attempt, of flanker Matt Gooding's try, hit the upright.
With the game going into time added-on for wing Jack Burge to cross for Tor's second try, converted by Richardson, before Yatton's Ryder-Smith was yellow carded by Somerset referee Alex Briggs.
Yatton- tries: C Edwards 3, T Moore 2, B Bowyer, N Raymond, N Wakefield, E Ryder-Smith, M Gooding; cons: C Harrison 4, L Richardson.
Tor- tries: D NCube, J Burge; cons: D Ferriday 2; pen: D Ferriday.
Photograph of the victorious team courtesy of Pete Williams (click on the image for a full size version).