RUGBY: Market Rasen U15s through to cup final

Rasen U15s 25-5 Chesterfiled Panthers U15s

Following a successful campaign in the pool stages assisted by two sides that were unwilling to play a very competitive red and green squad, the U15s travelled to Sleaford RUFC for the semi-finals day and an afternoon fixture against Chesterfield Panthers recently.

After another encouraging performance a fortnight previously against current Cup holders Newark RUFC, who are also through to this year’s cup final, where Rasen were defeated by five tries to four, a fairly buoyant and expansive performance was expected by travelling supporters.

On this occasion it was not forthcoming and a battling Chesterfield side, bolstered by recent recruitment, gave Rasen a lesson in not giving up on possession and were able to turn over too many simple rucks to scare both coaches and supporters by scoring a try to level the game at 5-5.

To be fair this was not a pretty game with too many errors and too much complacency but five tries saw Rasen through to the NLD RFU Shield Final to be held again at Sleaford RUFC on Sunday April 28. The opposition will be Welland Barbarians - a merger of Deepings RUFC and Stamford RUFC.