GLOUCESTER Premier side Newent are just two wins away from a return to Twickenham as they travel to take on Gosford All Blacks in the Senior Vase South West Division final on Saturday (2pm), writes Richard Joyce.
Victory over Old Plymothian and Mannamedian in the South West Counties final last time out has given the Green Army another huge incentive to return to the home of English rugby.
Their day out at Twickenham in the Junior Vase was a successful one last year and club secretary John Moore is hopeful they can put in a winning performance this weekend.
“We are looking forward to it,” he said. “We are as prepared as we can be and are in the right frame of mind. They are regional champions like ourselves so it will be a tough test.
“We are not overconfident because we respect the opposition but if we play our own game then we will give them a good test.
“With the way we play they’ll know they’ve been in a game. We’ll respect them but we’ve got the players who are capable of getting a result.”
Last season’s triumph over Baildon was a day to remember for a club who have enjoyed a fantastic campaign so far.
Moore believes with an army of followers travelling to Oxfordshire that the players will be desperate to repeat their visit to Twickenham.
“The boys have tasted Twickenham and they want to get there again. Last time it was a bit of a blur and went in a bit of a flash so this time if we get there it will give them the chance to soak up and take in the atmosphere.
“We have a full supporters’ bus going to the game and numerous car loads of people will travel as well.
“The support raises their game.
“In rounds last year when we were playing away we had a massive following.”
Newent currently top the Gloucester Premier standings and face a Gosford side fourth in the Berks/Bucks and Oxon Premier.