The game was well balanced, but Luctonians edged the first half and took a 7 points to 5 lead into the interval. Hereford had the first chance to score but a penalty attempt was wide. Some ill-discipline led to a penalty awarded to Hereford being reversed which gave Lucs a lineout in good position in the Hereford 22. They capitalised on the field position to move the ball through the hands and to open the scoring with a converted try. Hereford worked their way into the Lucs’ 22 with some excellent play going through the phases. The pressure they exerted on the Lucs’ defence earned a number of penalties. From one they moved the ball wide for Sam Johnson to crash over in the corner for the first Hereford try shortly before half time. The conversion attempt from wide out was wide. Hereford had better field position for most of the first half, but Lucs looked dangerous on the break.
Early in the second period Hereford made progress into the Lucs’ 22 and a well-timed off-load from Bryn Goodall to Ben Lawrence saw him drive for the line and crash over for a try. This gave Hereford the lead and Bryn Goodall’s conversion took the score to 12 points to 7. Lucs kicked a penalty to reduce the deficit. From the kick-off Matt Lawrence retained the ball for Hereford and Levi Hughes made a thrusting run to take play into the Lucs’ 22. Scrum half, Will Samuels with a determined run scored a well taken try which Goodall converted to give Hereford some breathing space with a 9-point lead at 19 – 10. Luctonians relied on their bigger forwards to dominate possession and position for the final 20 minutes. They exerted concerted pressure on the Hereford defence and after 25 minutes forced a try to take them to within a try of victory. Hereford continued to defend well until in the final minutes Lucs forced another try and won the day with a narrow one-point margin.
Both sides played football befitting a cup final and it was hard on the losing side who had matched the winners in everything only to lose in the final minutes.
Updated 17:45 - 16 May 2018 by Di Hickinbotham