WEST Leeds saw a first-half lead slip away as they fell to a 20-10 defeat to Bromley in the RFU Senior Vase final at Twickenham today.
It was frustrating for West Leeds, who had been hoping fora winning return to the home of English rugby after losing in the Junior Vase final back in 1998.
But Bromley had other ideas as they scored 17 unasnwered second half points to take the title.
West Leeds captain Sam Neave said: “We’re obviously bitterly disappointed but fair play to Bromley they were the better side on the day.
“I’m still massively proud of the lads for working so hard to get this far, we’ll keep going and hopefully be better for this experience.”
West Leeds – making a second appearance at Twickenham after defeat back in 1998 – came close to opening the scoring on 12 minutes with a great chip and charge from Keir Breakwell, but the full-back was penalised for a knock-on on the line.
The deadlock was broken after 22 minutes when Bromley were penalised for not rolling away and Dale Breakwell converted the resulting penalty.
Bromley hit back when West Leeds were penalised for entering at the side and Tom Beaumont kicked a superb penalty from wide on the right.
Breakwell missed a penalty before Danny Booth made a surging break from his own 22 and fed Joshua Cassell for the first try of the game, Breakwell added the extras to restore Leeds’ lead.
A penalty and a converted try gave Bromley a three-point lead and Wests then found themselves in even deeper troublewith Damien Pearson sent to the sin bin. Declan Penny then received treatment for a shoulder injury – but gave a thumbs up signal while being stretchered off.
Beaumont showed a burst of speed to break the West Leeds line before feeding Patrick Moore for a simple try. Fly-half Beaumont duly added the conversion to clinch the trophy for Bromley.