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Kent will battle for honours at Twickenham ahead of the England versus Barbarians game

28 May 2014
by Luke Cawdell

Kent versus Somerset at Medway RFC Picture Alan Bourne alanbournephotography.co.uk

Kent versus Somerset at Medway RFC Picture: Alan Bourne alanbournephotography.co.uk

Kent will be playing at Twickenham this Sunday after topping the South Pool of the Bill Beaumont Division 2.

A 28-9 win against Somerset at Medway RFC's Priestfields on Sunday won them promotion to the top-tier of the competition and a meeting with Durham at England's HQ.

That Kent versus Durham County Championship Shield final comes ahead of the England versus Barbarians game.

Kent booked their trip after winning Saturday's match in difficult playing conditions, after a big storm prior to kick-off.

Kent versus Somerset at Medway RFC Picture Alan Bourne alanbournephotography.co.uk

Kent versus Somerset at Medway RFC Picture: Alan Bourne alanbournephotography.co.uk

The only try of the first period went to Kent, after a break from wing Renford Bennett allowed fellow-Old Elthamian player Joe Bonner to cross in the corner.

Somerset kept in touch with a trio of penalties but after the re-start, Kent upped the pace and harried their opponents into the mistakes that allowed them to stretch away.

Sidcup's Jon West twisted his way over the goal-line and after Blackheath full-back Ben Summers had landed his third penalty of the contest, Tonbridge Juddian fly-half Luke Giles stormed over following Somerset coming up off-side at the maul. 

Kent head coach Chris Wilkins said: "It was good to see the squad push on and raise its game against Somerset after a good week’s preparation.

Kent versus Somerset at Medway RFC Picture Alan Bourne alanbournephotography.co.uk

Kent versus Somerset at Medway RFC Picture: Alan Bourne alanbournephotography.co.uk

"Everyone has worked hard. It is now important that we focus on training so we can improve again as we have a very tough match against a quality Durham side.

"Whilst it is great to get to Twickenham, we want to make sure we play well and finish the job off."

The county final kicks-off at 10am.

Kent: Ben Summers (Blackheath), Temi Okenla (Gravesend), Ben Hough (Westcombe Park), Markus Burcham (Blackheath), Renford Bennett (Old Elthamian), Paul Humphries (Old Elthamian), Sam Eydmann (Blackheath), Charlie Cutting (Gravesend), Joe Bonner (Old Elthamian), Jamie Forsyth (Gravesend), Tom Stradwick (Blackheath), Ally Vanner (Old Elthamian), Jesse Liston (Blackheath), Hamish Barton (Westcombe Park), Jon West (Sidcup). Replacements: Harry Fry (Blackheath), James Cleverly (Blackheath), Terry Read (Charlton Park), Royce Cadman (Canterbury), James Munton (Blackheath), Luke Giles (Tonbridge Juddian), Martyn Beaumont (Canterbury).

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