Grimshaw scores superb individual try as Stoke win semi-final
A dog fight of a semi-final was played out at Hartwell Lane today against a great opposition in the shape of Old Laurentian.
A great start to the game saw Stoke dominate and score a try in the first few minutes through Ben Cornwall and converted by Sam Christmas, and then Old Laurentian themselves dominated periods of play but did not take all of their chances to score.
The Stoke defence was excellent but a breakaway OL try meant that the half-time score was Stoke 13 Old Laurentian 7. It was a relief for the home supporters that Stoke were ahead at the break.
The second half was a repeat of the first half with OL on top but dogged defence keeping the Stoke line intact.
OL did eventually score from an attempted Chris Rowley kick that was charged down and with the missed conversion it meant that the score was now Stoke 13 OL 12.
Stoke were down to 14 men when Simon Price was sent to the bin and when he returned after 10 minutes Stoke were again reduced in numbers when Rich Meredith was sent to the bin as well for holding on.
Rich Meredith had had a fine game at flanker and despite Stoke being one man short for the final ten minutes of the match, the stage was set for Jordan Grimshaw. The Stoke Number 8 scored a brilliant individual try with a bullocking run from near half-way, swatting away would-be tacklers, followed by a fine touch line conversion from Sam Christmas, to ensure Stoke's passage into the final of the RFU Midlands Cup with a final score of Stoke 20 OL 12.
I would like to note the manner in which the OLs conducted themselves both on and off the pitch. They are a credit to their club and to rugby. Best wishes from all at Stoke for the rest of the season.
In the other semi-final Lutterworth beat Stafford 18-15 so that should mean that Stoke will host the final on Saturday March 17th.
Full match report to follow.