Teddington RFC ensured that their short trip to Twickenham Stadium was a successful one, beating Rochdale-based Littleborough RUFC 42-8 in the RFU Senior Vase Final.
The Middlesex-based club, who have been promoted in four out of the last five seasons and are the current London 3 South West champions, secured their 62nd consecutive win in a dominant display.
After an early exchange of penalties, captain and centre Jonathan Dickson scored the first of Teddington’s seven tries. Wing Liam Lonergan slipped a smart pass inside to his skipper, who went over to round off a well worked team move.
In the 21st minute Teddington grabbed their second try of the afternoon, flanker Dominic Stone was given space out wide and had enough power to drive through last tackle and dive over in the corner.
Teddington No. 8 Tom Doran went over twice, either side of half time, to move the score to 25-3. But Littleborough hit back with 25 minutes left through lock Mark Forden who burrowed over after some good work by the pack, but it was too little too late.
Mathew Jones adding a fifth try for Teddington, who last lost a game on April 11 2009, touching down after a strong forward push. And there was still more to come from The Antlers, as full back Ross Swanson finished off a brilliant team move, instigated by the pace of replacement Jonathan Harte down the wing, who offloaded to Swanson who dived over beneath the posts.
Then with just six seconds left on the clock, Teddington replacement Henry Kirchner rounded off the scoring, taking his side’s points tally over the 40-mark, with the final score at 42-8.