Somerset Vase Fixtures

Webb Ellis Somerset County Vase final

Burnham-on-sea 38 Yatton 13
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 

Burnham-on-Sea lifted the Webb Ellis Somerset County Vase for the first time with a 38-13 victory over Tribute Somerset Premier league rivals Yatton at Hornets RFC.

This was only Burnham’s second appearance in the Vase finals having narrowly lost 16-15 to Tor in the 2008/9 final.

Burnham went into the break 13-10 after two penalties from fly-half Tim Piper and his conversion of a late touchdown from centre Will Hopkins.

Yatton had dominated much of the half with a try from Ben Bushell which was converted by scrum-half Michael Gane, who also added a penalty.

Burnham stepped up the pace straight from the restart with tries from Alex Watkins and Tom Chaffey either side of a Gane penalty.

Piper converted the second and added two further penalties before Yatton’s Chris Quinn was sent to the sin-bin for the final eight minutes.

Eogham Westhoff for Burnham’s fourth try, converted by Piper, but despite being a man down Yatton pressed for a late consolation try but time was against them.

The Player of the Match was Yatton's Dan Williams

Somerset County Rugby Football Union President Mark Hawkes presented the players with their medals and Yatton's Dan Williams with the 'Player of the Match' match award presenting Burnham-on-Sea captain Ross McKekchan with the Webb Ellis Somerset County Vase trophy.


Webb Ellis Somerset County Vase - semi-finals

To be played on or before the weekend of February 2/3, 2019 on a date agreed by the two clubs and the competition Administrator - Nick Robins on behalf of the Competitions Committee 

Burnham-on-Sea v Castle Cary

Yatton v Yeovil


Webb Ellis Somerset County Vase - first round

Somerton V Yeovil - Away Walk Over

Nailsea & Backwell 22 Yatton 47

Tor 13 Burnham-on-Sea 33

Castle Cary 29 Avonvale 19



The Webb Ellis Somerset County Vase 2016/2017


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.

The Man of the Match award was presented to Harrison Collins who had moved up to loosehead prop later in the game.

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 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).