5th September 2016, 22:45 | league1
Hemel Stags beat fellow strugglers South Wales Scorpions
Hemel Stags overcame an 8-0 half-time deficit to claim a 16-8 victory over South Wales Scorpions in the Kingstone Press League 1 Shield.
Sion Jones opened the scoring after a neat offload from Ian Newbury to set him up for a try in the 19th minute and Newbury was in on the act again as he found Kyle Scrivens, who dived over after 34 minutes with Paul Emanuelli missing both conversions.
But the Stags bounced back in the second half as they scored 16 unanswered points to stun the hosts. Mike Stewart's converted try brought the visitors within two points before Paul Stewart-Beckett finished off a good passing move to put Hemel 10-8 in front. Jono Burns completed the comeback with a converted score with a minute to go and seal victory for the London side.
Crusaders crush the All Golds
North Wales Crusaders remain on course for an appearance in the Kingstone Press League 1 Shield final by beating the University of Gloucestershire All Golds 18-4.
Rob Massam and Alex Thompson both scored first-half tries as the second-placed Crusaders took an 8-0 lead into the interval.
Thompson added a second 13 minutes into the second half before Tommy Johnson slotted the game's only goal. Steve Parry's 66th-minute try got the All Golds on the board but Jack Hansen touched down with two minutes left to round off a comfortable victory.
Newcastle end Coventry's Shield final hopes
Coventry Bears had their Kingstone Press League 1 Shield final hopes ended by leaders Newcastle Thunder, who earned their ninth straight victory courtesy of a 46-10 win at Kingston Park.
Newcastle had already secured their place in the final but ensured they would be playing North Wales Crusaders instead of Coventry with a nine-try display.
Zach Clark, Peter Fox, Dan Parker, Ben Thorburn, Jason Payne, Ali Blair, Aaron Teroi, Joe Brown and Evan Simons ran in Newcastle's tries, while Eddie Medforth and Jack Morrison crossed for the Bears.