25th September 2017, 13:54 | harry_jepson_trophy

London and South East claim Harry Jepson Trophy

London and South East claim Harry Jepson Trophy

East RL 10 London and South East 50.


The London and South East regional representative side showed their class as they won the 2017 Harry Jepson Trophy on Sunday at Hemel Stags' Pennine Way Stadium.

The experienced London side flew out of the blocks and raced into a 16-0 lead after 10 minutes through tries from Byron Creighton, Shane Picker and Sam Broomhall, scrum half Josh Hutchison adding three conversions.

The East, who were led well by former Kingstone Press League 1 star BJ Swindells, got to grips with the pace of their opponents and managed to restrict them to only one further score when Vince Spurr sliced through and Hutchison added the extras.

That made it 22-0 at the break.

London then enjoyed a fast start to the second period and had the game wrapped when they scored four tries in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

Full back Lynton Allen crossed for two tries, supporting breaks by his team mates.

Pascal Baptiste then showed his speed and Crieghton notched his second having started and finished a great move from inside his own half. Hutchison kicked three conversions to take the score to 40-0.

But the East continued to battle and responded to a team talk from coach Gareth Barron and finally got over for their first try on 60 minutes.

Having had an earlier score chalked off for a forward pass, Aaron Higgs crossed and full back Scott Aspinall converted.

And, with 10 minutes remaining, the East scored once again, good hands saw Will O'Brien score out wide.

With the clock ticking down towards the final whistle, London had the final word when Picker crossed for his second after he followed up a nice kick to score with the last play of the game.

Byron Creighton picked up the Man of the Match award after an all-action display from dummy half, scoring two tries and having a hand in many others.