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Longlevens are so close to a place at Twickenham

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

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LONGLEVENS coach Richard Rudge says their Junior Vase semi-final clash with Battersea Ironsides is “the biggest game in the club’s history”.

After a thrilling climax to their Gloucester One season, coming back to defeat Cheltenham Saracens 45-38 last weekend, Longlevens are confident they can book a place in the final and with it a trip to Twickenham.

Battersea Ironsides finished fourth in Surrey One this season while Longlevens finished third in the Gloucester equivalent.

With four coach loads accompanying the squad of 22 to Earlsfield on Saturday, Rudge said his side are raring to go.

He said: “This is a massive game for the club and everyone is very excited.

“It would be unbelievable for the club and our fans if we did progress to the final. We are full of confidence.

“There is pressure on but the side is young and more excited than anything.

“Ironsides will be big up front and we will have to compete with them there.

“But if we can move the ball to our danger areas, out on the wing, we can counter them.

“We are not concentrating on the opposition, we have to think about what we can do and our strengths and stick with these.”

The lure of running out onto Twickenham turf is strong, but Rudge is refusing to think ahead before Saturday’s work is done.

He continued: “We have to class this as our final.

“We have to make sure we get to Twickenham first. It would be great to get there and we want to win but we have to make sure we enjoy it.

“If we get the opportunity to play there, we have to savour the day.

“We also wish Newent all the bset in the Senior Vase semi-final.”

If Longlevens triumph, they will face either Rugby Lions or Goole in the final on Sunday, May 4.

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