Claverdon 29 Harbury 12
TWO interception tries sentenced Harbury to a disappointing Midlands Four West (South) defeat on Saturday.
The opening exchanges were fairly even although Claverdon initially held the upper hand in the set scrummage but Harbury contested well at the breakdown and lineout.
Harbury were keen to use their backline in which centres Daz Kittendorf and Oli Perry were outstanding, but a telegraphed pass after ten minutes allowed Claverdon to score a simple try.
The visitors hit back within five minutes and from a lineout they drove the opposition over the line with No 8 Tom Kittendorf touching down.
Harbury had only themselves to blame when a Claverdon back was missed in a one on one tackle and raced over for a try which was converted.
However, this was countered again thanks to a fine forward effort resulting in another excellent rolling maul with Tom Kittendorf once more the beneficiary. Richard Mazurek converted well from the touchline.
Harbury felt aggrieved when a forward pass was adjudged in a back line move with wing Fraser Potter clear.
Claverdon edged ahead with a penalty ten minutes into the second half and the turning point of the match resulted in another interception try which stretched the advantage to ten points with 13 minutes left.
Victory was wrapped up when a loose ball at a breakdown was snatched by a Claverdon forward who scored a well taken try beneath the posts which was easily converted.
Harbury entertain Manor Park this Saturday.
Harbury booked their place in the Warwickshire 2nd XV Shield final with a convincing 48-5 victory over Alcester in a one-sided contest.
Try scorers were Mark Finch, Ricky Alford 3, George Bostock, Matt Holloway, David Flegg and Andy Sandford who added four conversions.
Harbury, who will face Manor Park in the final on March 4, visit Earlsdon 3rds this Saturday.
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