Somerset Vase Fixtures

The Webb Ellis Somerset County Vase Final
Tor v Yeovil
Wednesday, April 12th 2017 at Hornets RFC, kick off 7.30pm
 
Yatton RFC win the 2015/16 Somerset Vase Final 

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).

Midsomer Norton lift the 2014/15 Somerset Vase
Midsomer Norton 25 - 22 Bristol Harlequins
A late converted penalty try gave Midsomer Norton victory in the Somerset Vase final at Weston-super-Mare in a hard fought match against Bristol Harlequins watched by around 200 vocal supporters. Somerset County Rugby Football Union President Des Chalmers presented the medals and the runners-up Vase to Harlequins Jed Hooper before presenting MSN's skipper Matthew Denning with the Somerset Vase.

Quins took an early lead with a try from No.8 Dan Pearce, converted by scrum half Ross Hickery but, after initially failing to turn pressure and a couple of penalties into points, MSN took the lead through a touchdown from flanker Joe Button and fly-half Ben Taylor's penalty. Five minutes before the break Quins restored the advantage with a try from Hooper only for MSN to counter immediately when wing Jack Rowles raced down the touchline to score. Taylor's conversion gave MSN a 15-12 half time lead.

Tries from centre Ed Wander and wing Ron Ford gave Quins a 22-15 lead but in the final ten minutes Taylor added a penalty before referee Wayne Davis awarded MSN a penalty try following a collapsed scrum with Taylor adding the extras.

Somerset County Rugby Football Union would like to thanks Weston-super-Mare RFC for hosting the final and the Somerset County Rugby Football Union Referees Society for providing the match officials.

Photograph of the victorious Midsomer Norton courtesy of Will Nicol (click on the image for a full size version).