Lewis Evans is today announced as the winner of the 2015 LV= Young Reporter Competition.
Now in its third year, the competition has identified budding rugby journalists from across the country with inaugural winner Sam Durham (Gloucester) and 2012/13 champion Jasper Reid (Essex) proudly claiming the accolade.
Twelve-year-old Lewis' winning report detailed the LV= Cup round three thriller between Harlequins and Bath Rugby, which saw the visitors steal a last minute penalty to claim victory at The Stoop.
Detailing all the key points in the game, including an "exquisite sequence" of play from the men in blue, the panel were taken with Lewis' passionate portrayal of the action, which he described as a "great advert for the LV= Cup".
As this year's LV= Young Reporter winner, Lewis will receive four VIP tickets to the LV= Cup Final at Franklin's Gardens on Sunday 22 March, where he'll interview LV= Cup Ambassador Lewis Moody. The interview will be shown on the big screen at half time and in addition, the Sale Sharks supporter will have the opportunity to interview a member of the winning team and see his report published on englandrugby.com, lv.com and premiershiprugby.com. Finally, a day on the Daily Telegraph sports desk awaits Lewis where he can further develop his skills for a career in journalism.
Commenting on his win, Lewis said:
"When I entered I never thought that I'd win. I love writing and I love rugby so it's such a brilliant prize that LV= is giving me. Attending the LV= Cup Final is going to be amazing and I can't wait to interview Lewis Moody which will be on the big screen at half time!"
Designed to identify the talents of budding rugby writers up and down the country, the LV= Young Reporter Competition invited children under the age of 16 to submit a maximum 400 word review of any LV= Cup pool fixture. One overall winner was selected by a panel including representatives from the Rugby Football Union, Premiership Rugby, Welsh Rugby Union and LV=.
LV= Head of Sponsorship, Claire Jeromson said:
"The LV= Young Reporter competition is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain an insight into the world of sports journalism. The volume and quality of entries for this year's competition have been phenomenal and we hope that for many of them a career in journalism lies ahead."
The Panel also selected three runners-up who will receive tickets to the LV= Cup Final on Sunday 22 March at Franklin's Gardens. Congratulations to Sophie Govan, (Round 1), Matthew Gretton (Round 2), Max Penny (Round 4).
Read Lewis' winning match report below.
Bath Too Strong For Quins by Lewis Evans
Harlequins v Bath Rugby, Sat 31 January 2015.
Debutant Rory Jennings helped Bath see off Harlequins by kicking a last-gasp penalty to win a thrilling encounter at the Stoop, where Harlequins welcomed Bath for a tightly contested LV= Cup meeting.
Bath got off to a flyer with a first minute penalty slotted by another promising debutant in Will Homer.
Bath's start got even better when Clark offloaded to set his centre partner and England hopeful Matt Banahan away on a powerful run which sent him under the posts for the game's first try. Homer's conversion was successful to give Bath a healthy lead.
The next points went to the home side, as Tom Williams went over in the corner following a well-executed piece of play from the Quins back-line. Nick Evans found the middle of the posts from a difficult angle to bring his side right back in the mix.
Ex All Blacks star Evans levelled the scores soon after with a nicely struck penalty.
Quins continued pressing and took the lead 5 minutes later as a quick tap and go from Dickson, including some quick hands along the way, led to Charlie Walker going over in the corner. Evans' conversion hit the upright.
Homer relieved Bath of the pressure but couldn't prevent the home side going into the break 15-13 to the good.
Quins came out for the second half all guns blazing and capitalised as Evans hit the 3 pointer straight down the middle to give Harlequins a slim 18-13 lead.
Evans increased Quins leads to 21-13 shortly after with a comfortable penalty.
Evans missed a penalty with what would have almost certainly been the killer blow.
Following scrum dominance from Bath, referee Ben Whitehouse awarded a penalty try and sin binned prop Mark Lambert. The conversion under the posts was simple enough for Homer.
An exquisite sequence of Bath rugby including a powerhouse run from man of the match Matt Banahan was not finished, but ended with Bath being awarded a controversial penalty for a high tackle in front of the posts. It was then simple for fly-half Jennings to win the game 21-23. A great advert for the LV= Cup ended with the strong Bath outfit having too much firepower for Harlequins.
Bath recorded their first win at the Stoop from 12 attempts in a very entertaining and dramatic style.