Thursday, April 16, 2015

Saracens have been dealt a timely boost ahead of Saturday’s European Champions Cup semi-final, with England centre Brad Barritt back in action after a five-week lay-off.

Hendon captain Ger O'Donoghue. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon put in their best performance of the season to win at Watford on Saturday, but they were denied promotion from Herts/Middlesex Division Two as their rivals London French triumphed away against the champions.

Belsize Park's third team celebrate their latest promotion. Pic:

Belsize Park finished their season on a high with a home win over fourth-placed Grasshoppers, but it was not enough to grab the second promotion spot in London North-West Division Three.

UCS Old Boys' director of rugby Geoff Boxer. Pic: Paolo Minoli

UCS Old Boys have suffered a second successive relegation after a 50-0 defeat in their London North-West Division Three relegation decider against Wasps.

Hendon captain Ger O'Donoghue. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon captain Ger O’Donoghue says the final day of the Herts/Middlesex Division Two promotion battle is similarly enthralling to the dramatic climax of the Six Nations.

UCS Old Boys captain Dave O'Dwyer. Pic: Paolo Minoli

UCS Old Boys captain Dave O’Dwyer is calling on his side to repeat their performance in 2013’s relegation decider when they face Wasps in Saturday’s London North-West Division Three showdown.

Belsize Park's Richard Wilson. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Stand-in captain Richard Wilson admits there is a “99 per cent chance” Belsize Park will miss out on promotion in London North-West Division Three this weekend, so he says the emphasis will be on just enjoying the final game.

Marcelo Bosch (centre) celebrates his winning 45m kick against Racing Metro in Paris with Rhys Gill (left) and Charlie Hodgson

Marcelo Bosch says he imagined he was on the beach as he kicked Saracens into the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup with his last-minute 45-metre penalty.

Saracens' Chris Ashton scored two tries in the victory over Harlequins at Wembley

Saracens wing Chris Ashton gave England a reminder of his try-scoring abilities as he crossed the line twice in Saturday’s victory over Harlequins in front of a world record crowd at Wembley.

Belsize Park's Sam Bennett, formerly a pupil at UCS, on the attack in Saturday's victory over the Old Boys. Pic: Paolo Minoli

There was no change at the top or bottom of the London North-West Division Three table, and the promotion and relegation battles are going down to the wire after Belsize Park triumphed 53-8 away against UCS Old Boys in Saturday’s derby.

Hampstead's Under-10 A team show off their trophy and medals after winning the shield at the Middlesex County Championships

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/

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.

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