Herts favourites for Shield final as side gear up for Middlesex match

PUBLISHED: 15:19 22 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:14 26 October 2009

HERTFORDSHIRE are overwhelming favourites to reach the RFU County Championship Shield final at Twickenham Stadium on May 30 after they defeated Hampshire, 46-7, at Basingstoke last Saturday. The talented county side added seven tries to the nine they scor

HERTFORDSHIRE are overwhelming favourites to reach the RFU County Championship Shield final at Twickenham Stadium on May 30 after they defeated Hampshire, 46-7, at Basingstoke last Saturday.

The talented county side added seven tries to the nine they scored in the opening win against Eastern Counties.

Eastern Counties defeated Middlesex 54-27 at Ipswich YM, which leaves Herts on top of the South pool with two wins out of two and a points difference of +83.

They are followed by Eastern Counties and Hampshire with one win each and points' differences of -17 and -38 respectively.

Herts are odds on to win the South pool and meet the winners from the North, who will be either Cheshire or North Midlands.

These two meet in a winner-takes-all pool match at Macclesfield on Saturday.

Commenting on last Saturday's game, Herts coach Peter Coke said: "Everything seems to be going to plan but our goal hasn't changed from winning three matches out of three - and think about Twickenham after that.

"The boys did a pretty professional job at Hampshire. We will go to Staines with the same attitude and attention to our defence and hopefully that will ensure our appearance at Twickenham."

Unfortunately, Herts, who won the Shield in 2005, have had to make a number of changes for the game against Middlesex, through a combination of injury and unavailability.

Saturday's game at Staines kicks off at 3.00 pm.


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