Thrilling draws are the or­der of the day

The Rugby Paper - - Bill Beaumont Cup - By CHAR­LIE PARKER

THERE were shared spoils aplenty in Div­sion Two of the Bill Beau­mont Cup as

War­wick­shire and North Mid­lands played out one of the most re­marak­ble games of rugby this sea­son in a thrilling 56-56 draw.

Sam Mon­tieri’s last-gasp try for North Mid­lands snatched an un­likely tie af­ter they had been 28-12 down at half-time.

Mor­gan John­son scored two tries and Ai­den Cheshire also crossed in the fi­nal ten min­utes to com­plete the come­back.

Else­where Hamp­shire re­main at the top of Pool 2 on points dif­fer­ence, af­ter a late penalty from fly-half Pierre-Alex Clark earned them a 36-36 draw with

Som­er­set at Gosport Park. The sides were evenly matched but it was the vis­i­tors who went into the break 20-26 ahead as Som­er­set were guilty of missed tack­les.

Som­er­set had se­cured a bonus point thanks to tries from hooker Dave Wheeler, full-back Harry But­land, Mitch Spencer and fly-half Kieran Hill, who also added three con­ver­sions.

Hamp­shire claimed their try-scor­ing bonus point shortly af­ter the restart through cen­tre Wayne Du­gan, who had crossed for their first af­ter six min­utes.

Their other touch­downs came from Harry Carr and full-back Matt Fearnes.

Fly-half Clark added a con­ver­sion in each half as well as four se­cond-half penal­ties, in­clud­ing the vi­tal three points two-min­utes from time de­spite his side hav­ing a man in the sin-bin.

Mean­while, Durham pro­duced a dom­i­nant firsthalf per­for­mance to beat

Stafford­shire 41-14 at Lich­field.

Fraser Wil­son got the vis­i­tors off to the per­fect start, go­ing over af­ter just two min­utes and that was backed up by four more tries from the north­ern county in a bruis­ing open­ing 40 min­utes.

The hosts ral­lied in the se­cond half with a late try from Kevin Birt but Durham’s over­all qual­ity proved the dif­fer­ence to se­cure a bonus-point win. And at Egre­mont,

Le­ices­ter­shire cruised past Cum­bria 52-18.

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