Paul Hamer strikes to secure Plymouth College a semi-final spot
Plymouth College...12 Tiffins...5
PAUL HAMER'S late try sounded celebrations after securing Plymouth College a semi-final place in the Daily Mail Under-18 Vase tournament.
Second-rower Hamer struck just five minutes from time with the scores locked at 5-5 in diabolical conditions at Delgany Sports Field.
Scrum-half Ed Neeves somehow managed to lift the ball out from the glutinous pitch and between the posts, thus adding an extra two points which helped calm home nerves.
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Tiffins, from south west London, would have gone through had the scores remained level at full-time, due to their results earlier in the competition.
The hosts had taken the lead in the first half, through their other second-rower, Oliver Demaine.
And although, Plymouth dominated 80 per cent of the tie, a defensive blunder in the second period threw the Richmond-on-Thames-based visitors a lifeline. Plymouth are now just one match away from a glamorous Twickenham final which they will reach if they can beat opponents The Yarm on Sunday, March 3.
The semi-final is being held on a neutral ground, at the RFU Centre in Coventry, where the city college will bid to maintain their magnificent run in the national competition.
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