MALVERN are through to the North Midlands Colts Cup semi-finals after a 33-12 victory over higher-ranked Bromsgrove, writes Ash Bajwa.

They went ahead with a lineout move finished off by captain Tom Bill with Lewis Hardiman adding the extras.

Soon after Hardiman got injured and the back-line was reshuffled with Harvey Smedley at fly-half.

Malvern's forwards gained territory and the ball was passed through hands for Luke Dockery to roll over before Smedley converted.

Bromsgrove hit back after a poor kick-off and the try made it 14-5 at half-time.

After the break Malvern's pressure soon reaped rewards when a step from Smedley broke the line and he bundled over for the score before converting his own try.

Confusion from kick-off led to Malvern gifting Bromsgrove a converted try to cut the deficit down to just nine points.

But Malvern kept dominance for the last 20 minutes with a cross-field kick from Smedley leading to Albie Guilding getting his first try for the colts this season.

Smedley converted and then a rolling maul led to Karl Daly bundling over for a late try.

Malvern return to their league campaign on Sunday at Evesham.

The bottom-of-the-table men's first XV host local rivals Hereford on Saturday in Midlands One West.

Upton visit fellow strugglers Stoke Old Boys in Midlands Three West (South) while Bromyard go to Herefordshire rivals Greyhound in Midlands Four West (South).