ALTRINCHAM Kersal's junior sides completed a hat-trick of cup semi-final successes last weekend.

The under-15s travelled to take on holders Sandbach in the Cheshire Cup and came through a tough battle to win 36-0 thanks to their dominant forward pack.

Meanwhile, the u16s won 22-5 at Northwich in the last four of the Cheshire Bowl.

Northwich were a big, physical team who wanted to take Kersal on up front but the visitors had the edge throughout.

The u12s completed the triple success when they beat local rivals Sale on home soil in the Vase semi-final by four tries to one.

The winning ways continued in the senior ranks with Kersal seconds winning 48-14 at home against Aldwinians.

Great teamwork from forwards and backs, together with hard work, led to a convincing result.

Forwards hunted in groups to progress with the ball from breakdowns and always pass the gain line.

At the right time, the enthusiastic backs were brought into the attack to roll out their training ground moves, then for ball to be regained from setting up the next phase.

The first score came from this strategy with prop Ali Berryman crossing the try line.

The second try was sublime, created by fly-half Doug Whyley with a pass to inside centre then wrapping around to collect again and feed his winger on the left, Jack Snoddy, with space to beat his man.

Danny Quinn on the other wing finished off another move, but then a lack of concentration led to a rare entry by the opposition towards the Kersal try line.

The home side let themselves down when defending from a scrum to allow a runner to beat tackles and score.

After half time, Kersal responded direct from the kick off and regained control of the game, James Coulson carrying the ball from the halfway line to score.

Captain on the day, second-row Matt Hassard, then burst through the opposition defence with power to gain more points for the forwards.

Outside centre Ben Harris, running a great line, was fed a pop pass from the fly-half after a dummy run from the inside centre.

And after more relaxation and an opposition foray to gain points, Kersal finished it off with more tries from Snoddy and Coulson leaving Aldwinians deflated.

The thirds also won at home, 44-12 against Didsbury Toc, but the firsts' game at St Benedicts was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.