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Discussion started by laime (IP Logged), 13 May, 2008 22:59
13 May, 2008 22:59
Well this makes it interesting ??

GLOUCESTERSHIRE face their biggest game of the season in the Bill Beaumont Cup on Saturday when they clash against County Championship Cup rivals Devon at Plymouth Albion RFC, kick-off 230pm.
After one win and one defeat Gloucestershire know they must beat Devon and see them off with several points in the bag if they are to qualify for the Bill Beaumont Cup final at Twickenham on June 1st.
At the other end of the scale, if they lose and Middlesex win against Somerset in the other South pool game Gloucestershire could be facing relegation from the premier tier county championship competition.
“This is going to be a huge game,” said Coach Mike Rafter. “There is a lot to win and a lot to lose depending on the results at the weekend, so it is a crucial game for us.
“Certainly, we were disappointed with our result at the weekend against Somerset and that has put us in this position. It was a close game and in the end there was only six points in it. But at the end of the day, they were very consistent with their kicks at goal where as we missed quite a few and that cost us dear. We also made basic errors and that let Somerset get back in the game and eventually they ate away at us.”
Gloucestershire’s clash against Devon is made all the more challenging as they are taking up the reigning cup champions. In fact Devon, who have Plymouth Albion Head Coach and former England international Graham Dawe at the helm, have won the Bill Beaumont Cup two times in the last three years.
Rafter, however, is adamant that Gloucestershire have what it takes to challenge the holders, even on Devon soil.
He added: “Talking to Somerset after the game on Saturday, who have already taken on Devon, they said we were the stronger side to play against. Even if that is the case, or not, I am expecting a very close game, as it was last year. We must approach this game with an open frame of mind. We have got to win well, probably by 22 points plus to get into the final.
“It’s the second year running that we will be playing Devon in Devon and travelling away certainly makes the challenge a lot harder especially as the game is at Plymouth Albion, where most of their side play league rugby. We will have to rise to the challenge though; we know what we have got to do.”
Gloucestershire could however be struggling to field their first choice XV for the clash after a handful of injuries at the weekend. The South West side lost captain Paul Knight, Lydney’s Dean Jenkins and fullback Tom Jarvis to injury. Rafter will not know until Wednesday if they’ll be fit.


Cider Drinker
14 May, 2008 04:46
is going to be good...
can't wait....
think it'll be 'to the wire'

(Sm129) Don't let anything get in the way of a good game of Rugby

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