Herefordshire schools dominate in Two Counties Fruitbowl

Herefordshire schools took the honours in the second cross-border challenge for the Two Counties Fruitbowl at Sixways.

Bishop of Hereford Bluecoat School successfully defended their Under-16s title by beating South Bromsgrove HS 24-17.

Hereford Cathedral School claimed the Under-14s title, won by Bishop’s last season, with a 46-7 victory over Dyson Perrins School from Malvern.

The Two Counties Fruitbowl is contested by the winners of the respective Herefordshire and Worcestershire county cup competitions and gives youngsters the opportunity to experience what it is like to play in a Gallagher Premiership stadium.

The initiative, which was started by Warriors last season, showcases the work done across the region by Warriors Community Rugby coaches.

So far this season they have coached more than 5,500 youngsters in 60 schools in  Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Greater Birmingham, the Black Country and Warwickshire.

In the Under-14s final Jasper Newman scored and early brace of tries for Hereford Cathedral with Harry Socket also crossing before the break.

Dyson Perrins played their part in an entertaining contest but Hereford Cathedral finished strongly and ran in five tries in the last 20 minutes.

Early tries from Josh Wright and Clinton Jones gave Bishop’s the initiative in the Under-16s final but South Bromsgrove hit back with a superb try, scored by Jude Grace and started by Matt Moseley’s break.

Moseley then scored himself to level the scores before Ben Gifford crossed to give Bishop’s a 17-12 lead at half-time.

South Bromsgrove equalised again when Kieran Garwoods crossed but Craig Huttell crossed six minutes from time to ensured Bishop’s retained their title.