West Norfolk Rugby Club look to move step closer to Twickenham outing
In-form West Norfolk Rugby Club will look to move a step closer to an outing at Twickenham when they host Hitchin in the the RFU London & SE Division Senior Vase tomorrow (3pm).
A victory in the semi-final will see West Norfolk face either London SE side Aylesford Bulls or SW side Reeds Weybridge before a national final taking place at the home of English rugby.
Looking ahead to the game, coach Darren Clarke said: “After a much-needed rest last weekend we are very much looking forward to this London Senior Vase semi-final.
“We have played and lost to Hitchin a couple of times in this competition in the past few years so this will be a great indicator of how far we have come.
“We also have the advantage of a home draw and hope there is the usual vociferous Gatehouse Lane support from a large crowd.
“At this stage of the season there are a few players carrying some injuries and we may have to rotate a few players.
“We are confident in the quality of our squad and it was great to see the development side getting a big 54-15 win against Yarmouth & Broadland in their new league last Saturday.
Skipper Henry Rust added: “As a team, we are looking forward to getting back out on the pitch and playing after a week off. It’s a good cup competition and one that we would like to go as far as we can in.”
Despite West topping London 3 Eastern Counties and maintaining a 13 -game unbeaten league season the cup, as always, has not been far from plain sailing.
They opened the cup campaign with a 21-15 win at home to Thetford back in October before coming from behind at Woodbridge in round 2 in November to win 16-17 in a game which kept spectators on the edge of their seat.
This will be the third time the sides have clashed in the last five years and, with West having home advantage, they will be hoping to continue their fine season.
The club congratulates senior players Edney Costa, Harry Robb and Sam Mount who featured for Norfolk against Suffolk, at Bury St Edmunds, on Wednesday, as well as former ladies player Georgie Lingham who has been playing for the England ladies 7s team in the past few weeks.
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