Whitehaven RU travelled to play Liverpool Collegiate in the National Vase Cup but were narrowly beaten 35-29.

In an entertaining and hard fought game, play went from end-to-end with no quarter given or taken.

Liverpool slowly got the upper hand in the first half to take a lead of 27-19.

But the second half belonged to Whitehaven. They pressed hard to the final whistle and were unlucky not to come home with a win.

Liverpool kicked a final penalty as the referee blew the whistle, handing them the game.

Danny Dougherty ran in two tries for Whitehaven, with more from Jon Glover and Garry Roe.

Steve McConnell kicked three conversions and one penalty.