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Jack Biard and Miles Huppatz get try doubles as Shelford sign off title-winning season on a high

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Miles Huppatz in action for Shelford. Picture: Mike Harris
Miles Huppatz in action for Shelford. Picture: Mike Harris

Jack Biard and Miles Huppatz grabbed two tries apiece as Shelford finished their title-winning promotion campaign in London League 1N with a 47-8 win at Old Haberdashers.

It was not the best of starts as the hosts went ahead with a first-minute penalty.

Shelford took the lead in the 19th minute when Ben Bates touched down, and Lewis Cracknell, on his 100th appearance, added the conversion.

Old Haberdashers went back in front in the 28th minute through an unconverted try, and it stayed 8-7 at half time.

Biard got his first try in the 49th minute, bursting clear on the wing to touch down, with Cracknell converting.

It signalled the start of Shelford pulling clear and, two minutes later, they turned defence into attack with Will Buchanan stretching out an arm to ground the ball to make it 19-8.

They had the bonus-point winning fourth try two minutes later as Biard burst through the defence to get his second score, and Cracknell added the extras.

Mike Gillick was sin-binned for Shelford, but they weathered the storm with a man down and when he returned, they got a fifth try.

Quick ball reached Louie Tang, and when he was stopped, play was recycled for Ollie Emsley to touch down and Cracknell’s extras made it 33-8.

More big ball carrying from Bates helped drive Shelford to the line and it was recycled for Huppatz to get his first try, which Cracknell converted.

Huppatz then had the final say for Shelford, bursting through to touch down and he also drop kicked the conversion to make it 47-8 to complete a memorable season.

Meanwhile, results elsewhere meant Shelford III won the Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1 Plate League title.

There was also success for Shelford Colts as they earned a 25-15 win over Cambridge in the Eastern Counties Cup final.

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