Yesterday in London, England, the first day of the The Lord’s Taverners National Junior Championships wrapped up for both the under-15 and under-19 divisions.
North West defeated South East in the under-15 event by a score of 24 – 5, after taking a 12 – 2 lead into the half. North West is the defending champion in the under-15 event.
In other games, Northern Ireland defeat Yorkshire 26 – 6, after leading 10 – 5 at the half. After being tied 4 – 4 at the half, London beat North East 10 – 6. The West Midlands scraped together a 31 – 12 win against Scotland. South East overcame being down 0 – 4 at the half in their game against Wales to win 8 – 9. Yorkshire won 13 – 6 in their game against East Midlands. North West won their second game lead in a dominant style, winning 38 – 8 against North East. Northern Ireland won 29 – 14 in their game against West Midlands. London beat Wales 10 – 2, after being ahead 4 – 0 at the half. The last game of the day saw Scotland beat East Midlands 18 – 8.
Four teams are tied with four points each in Group A, and Northern Ireland leads Group B as the only team with four points in the under-15 competition.
In the under-19 competition, West Midlands beat East Midlands 20 – 17 in the first game of the competition. Yorkshire beat East 16 – 14 in a close game. South East won 16 – 15 in a very close game against London. South West eeked out a 22 – 20 win in their game against Wales. Scotland beat North East 14 – 11 in another close game. Defendig North West played East, and won 23 – 6 in convincing style. West Midlands built a 9 – 2 lead in the first half against London, and went on to win 25 – 12. Northern Ireland kept it close in defeating South West 18 – 14. North East went down to East Midlands 6 – 32, with all 6 points coming in the second half. Yorkshire built a 20 – 7 lead in the first half against Wales to barely eek out a win in the half, finishing the game 25 – 22. South East play Scotland in the second to last game of the day, winning 24 – 6. Yorkshire had an easy victory of 30 – 2 in the final game of the day against Northern Ireland.
Yorkshire finished the day at the top of Group A in the under-19 competition with six points in three games, while East Midlands and South East lead Group B with four points each.