RUGBY UNION: Something must give tomorrow when West Norfolk take on holders Reed Weybridge in the RFU Senior Vase London & South-East Regional final at Gatehouse Lane, 3pm.
Both teams boast an unbeaten record this season and the stakes are high, knowing whoever wins will be just one step away from the national final at Twickenham.
Tomorrow’s winners will meet either Milton Keynes or Chosen Hill Former Pupils in the Southern England Final with the prize for a win there a trip to RU HQ against a Northern or Midlands side.
With a full squad to choose from, selection will be difficult for West Norfolk head coach Darren Clarke and he said: “It will be a massive test against a team who arguably have the best recent junior rugby record in the country.
“We are probably slight underdogs, which hasn’t been the case for most of the season but cup rugby is all about performing on the day.
“We have prepared well and I know that the commitment and determination of the whole squad will not be in question.”
Nige Connell is director of rugby at the Surrey club and he said: “The cup for us has always been about pitting our wits against sides from outside the counties we play week in week out. We look we look forward to travelling to West Norfolk and appreciate the efforts of our hosts in making it a day to remember, where two unbeaten sides will surely make for an interesting game.”
Home captain Henry Rust looks to return to the side after injury and is confident his team will put up a good show against the reigning Junior Vase holders.
“It’s a very exciting opportunity and should be a fun day for everyone involved. As a club we know we need to execute our game plan to a very high level as Reeds are unbeaten in more than 50 games.
“As a player, it’s these games that you want to be a part of. It’s great that we are expecting such a large crowd and it will be fantastic not just for the club but the local community too.”
The game is at Gatehouse Lane, North Wootton and the club is urging supporters to arrive early as car-parking is likely to be busy, although there will be stewards on hand to point people to the designated parking areas.
The club is also putting on extra food and drink facilities downstairs to cater for everyone.
Entry is free and all spectators are welcome but a bucket collections will be held to raise money for club facility improvements.