County Championships: Round up

Lancashire beat Hertfordshire 32-16 in the Bill Beaumont County Championship Final
Lancashire beat Hertfordshire 32-16 in the Bill Beaumont County Championship Final
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Yorkshire emerged winners in the Gill Burns Women's County Championship while Lancashire went on to defend their Beaumont County Championship title and Durham became Division Two champions in an eventful day at Twickenham.

Yorkshire claim Gill Burns Women's County Championship

Yorkshire came up with a dominating display to blank Surrey 52-0 in the final to claim the Division One final of the Gill Burns Women's County Championship.

This was also the first time the final was played at Twickenham and Yorkshire got off to a promising start when a break from Sarah Dunn sent Lauren Bolger over the line. A few minutes later Bolger got her second and the third followed soon with Dunn dotting down. Claire Garner finally managed to get a conversion right as Yorkshire scored 17 unanswered points.

Yorkshire looked in total control of the game as the lead stretched to 24 points by the half-hour mark as centre Emma Hardy crossed over and was improved by Garner. Any chance of a Surrey making a comeback was put off as wingers Rosie Blunt and Jodie Ounsley scored further tries as the scoreline became 38-0.

Dunn scored her second and replacement Savannah Andrade added their eighth try to complete the 52-point massive victory.

Lancashire seal Beaumont County Championship for ninth time in 10 years

Fly-half Chris Johnson kicked 22 points as Lancashire defended their Bill Beaumont County Championship with a 32-16 win over Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire got off the mark in just three minutes with a penalty from Sean Taylor but Lancashire went on to level the scores shortly with a three-pointer from Johnson. The opening try of the game came from Elliot Byfield as he breached through Lancashire's defences to make it 8-3 but Johnson ensured Lancashire finished the first half well with a drop goal followed by back to back penalties.

Byfield with her second try got Hertfordshire back into the lead but another three-pointer put Lancashire in front once again. Though the lead was short-lived this time as Taylor slotted another penalty to make it 16-15.

However, Lancashire dominated when it mattered as tries from Anthony Bingham and Steve Collins and a double conversion and a penalty from Johnson saw them seal a 16-32 win.

Durham beat Warwickshire to win Division Two title

Bill Beaumont Division Two County championship was won by Durham as they defeated Warwickshire 46-12.

Joshua Bragman got Durham off the mark with a penalty goal and it remained the only points for the most part of the first half before he kicked another three-pointer to stretch lead to six points. Just at the stroke of half time, Danny Dixon crossed over and once again Bragman scored a conversion to take the scoreline to 13-0 heading into the break.

Durham had the game in control with Dixon with his second followed by another try from Sean Moloney put them in a dominant position and Bragman kicked both the extras to make it 27-0. Warwickshire finally managed to break the shackles with Nyle Beckett crashing past the corner and O-Brien though missed out on the conversion managed to get the second right when Liam Munro dotted down to make the scoreline 27-12.

Any hop for Warwickshire coming back into the game was put off with further tries from Moloney, Rob Stanwix and Talite Vaiolete as Durham completed a 46-12 victory.