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Longlevens ready for Twickenham after final league win

By lauracfell  |  Posted: April 29, 2014

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Longlevens 56

Kingswood 5

WITH the biggest game in the club’s history beckoning this weekend, Longlevens signed off the league season in style with a 10 try demolition of Kingswood.

Longlevens will play Rugby Lions in the Junior Vase final at Twickenham on Sunday (11am) full of confidence after finishing their league campaign on a high.

The side entertained a weakened Kingswood side in the final Gloucester One game of the season.

The win earned them a credible third place in the table behind Bream and Cheltenham Saracens.

Longlevens fielded a strong second string side, full of emerging talent and experienced players all trying to catch the eye of the selectors for Levens final game of the season at HQ.

The first half was a close affair with both sides tussling for possession and territory.

Wingers Eddie Cross and Mike Yorkie were keen to stretch their legs, but it was player/coach Richard Rudge that showed strength and a clean pair of heels to score two tries in the first half.

The back row of Mark Hancock, Martin Deacon and Dominic Bryan were working tirelessly in the tackle with several big hits on their larger opponents.

Kingswood tired in the second half and Levens capitalised with ease.

Ross Kitson was excellent in the loose offering support to the pacey back line all game, while props Sam Lane and Will Speakman contributed well in the set piece.

Full back Shane O’Brien and second row Steve Philips both scored a brace each before wingers Mike Yorke and Eddie Cross got involved with fine solo efforts.

Cross’ try was the pick of the bunch as he sprinted the length of the pitch to outstrip the flagging Kingswood defence.

However a final try by hat-trick hero Rich Rudge rounded off a good individual display before Kingswood scored a consolation try .

Tickets to Longlevens’ Vase final are £5. The club welcomes all support from the local area to support on the day.

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