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March has been a very successful month for Hampstead’s juniors as 10 teams took part in the Middlesex County Championships over three weekends, securing four pieces of silverware.

Hendon's John McCarthy scored the opening try. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon will go into the final game with a good shot at promotion in Herts/Middlesex Division Two after beating Thamesians 24-14 at home on Saturday.

Saracens captain Maro Itoje lifts the LV=Cup surrounded by his teammates. Pic: Matthew Impey/Wiredphotos.co.uk

Saracens head into Saturday’s world record match against Harlequins at Wembley Stadium having secured the first silverware of the rugby season.

James May gave UCS Old Boys the lead against Datchworth on Saturday, scoring the opening try, but his side were defeated. Pic: Nick Cook/UCS Old Boys

UCS Old Boys’ director of rugby admits the first team are expecting a final-day showdown with struggling rivals Wasps as their attempt to avoid a second successive relegation goes to the wire.

Hampstead's Will Pettit finished off a superb team try after a move from one end of the field to the other. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead suffered their second successive loss after a 34-24 home defeat against Harpenden in London North-West Division Two on Saturday.

Belsize Park captain Tom House is hanging up his boots after breaking his hand two games from the end of the season. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Belsize Park captain Tom House has announced his retirement after suffering a season-ending injury in Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash against Fullerians.

Saracens celebrate following their 23-20 victory against Exeter Chiefs (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Saracens scrum-half Ben Spencer hailed a battling last-ditch 23-20 LV= Cup final win against Exeter at Franklin’s Gardens.

Belsize Park captain Tom House. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Belsize Park captain Tom House admits his squad have been eyeing Saturday’s crucial top-of-the-table clash for a while, and he is confident of coming out on top.

Saracens captain Maro Itoje tackles Northampton's Tom Ryder during the semi-final

Saracens will face Exeter Chiefs in the final of the LV=Cup on Sunday as the north London club looks to win the trophy for the first time in their history.

Hendon's Mike Evans-Jones. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon fell out of the Herts/Middlesex Two promotion spots after a heavy 62-14 defeat to a prolific Hillingdon Abbots side who secured the league title and their promotion with two games to spare.

Lilly Hunt and Francisca Hall both scored tries for Hampstead Ladies. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead Ladies secured a third-place finish with a game to play as they earned a home win in their penultimate game on Sunday.

Jeremy Burton kicked a late winning penalty for Belsize Park. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Jeremy Burton scored a late winning penalty as Belsize Park narrowly avoided an upset away against struggling Wasps, triumphing 13-10 and holding onto second spot in the London North-West Division Three promotion fight.

Will McWhirter runs over the line to score. Pic: Nick Cook

UCS Old Boys moved out of the relegation zone after a vital 26-13 home win over basement boys Old Streetonians in London North-West Division Three.

Hampstead's Lilly Hunt scored four tries. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Lilly Hunt scored four tries as Hampstead Ladies triumphed 33-7 away at Ashford and climbed to third place in Women’s Championship South East Division Two.

Hampstead coach Peter Breen. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead coach Peter Breen hailed Saturday’s 17-7 home win over Staines as one of the best displays of the season as the hosts completed the double over their visitors in London North-West Division Two.

Hendon's Cian Hynes scored 13 points including a last-minute winning penalty. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Cian Hynes scored a dramatic last-minute winning penalty as Hendon came from behind to beat promotion rivals London French 18-16 at the death in a crucial showdown in Herts/Middlesex Division Two.

Miran Serdarevic (right) has now scored eight tries in 2015, having touched down twice against Hitchin. Pic: davidwphotos.co.uk

Belsize Park scored seven tries to produce their sixth successive victory since the turn of the year, beating Hitchin 51-15, but there was no change in the London North-West Division Three promotion race with four games to go.

Nick Tompkins' (right) in action for Saracens

Saracens return to Allianz Park on Saturday when Newcastle Falcons are the visitors – and the hosts are aiming to return to winning ways after a disappointing display against Sale Sharks last weekend.

Mel Wright scored a second-half try for Hampstead Ladies. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead Ladies’ second team are just two points off the top in Women’s Championship South East East Division Two after triumphing 10-5 away against St Francis.

Hendon's Cian Hynes kicks for goal. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon commenced the second phase of their league campaign with a 15-0 home win over Saracens Amateurs which leaves them in the top two promotion places in Herts/Middlesex Division Two.

Howard Pauling (right) had a debut to remember, scoring twice as Belsize Park maintained their push for promotion. Pic: davidwphotos.co.uk

Winger Howard Pauling touched down twice on his debut but Belsize Park endured a scare against Datchworth and needed a winning try from Richard Wilson to maintain their perfect record in 2015.

Rory Gibson scored all of UCS's 14 points in the first half, including a fine try. Pic: Paolo Minoli

UCS Old Boys were unable to engineer a repeat of their recent cup victory over Hackney and remain in the bottom two of London North-West Division Three after a 53-14 defeat on Saracens’ artificial pitch at Allianz Park.

Saracens will face Harlequins at Wembley Stadium next month. Pic: Matthew Impey/Wiredphotos. co. uk

Saracens face London rivals Harlequins at Wembley Stadium on Saturday March 28 – and you can be part of this great occasion by winning a family ticket to the showpiece event.

Saracens' Jacques Burger (centre)

Jacques Burger credits Saracens’ defeat at Bath earlier in the season for Sunday’s 34-24 victory against the West Country men at Allianz Park.

Belsize Park captain Tom House. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Belsize Park captain Tom House says the last six games are all must-win encounters as his side chase a second successive promotion – but he believes the team’s home form gives them every chance of success.

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