Something clicks as S&L book their final place in style

Stewarts & Lloyds thrashed Newcastle 71-0 in their Midlands Senior Vase semi-final
Stewarts & Lloyds thrashed Newcastle 71-0 in their Midlands Senior Vase semi-final
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Stewarts & Lloyds head coach Kev Manson admitted even he was slightly surprised by the emphatic way his side booked their place in the RFU Midlands Senior Vase finals.

The men from Occupation Road thumped Newcastle, their visitors from Staffordshire, 71-0 to set up a meeting with Pershore.

Stewarts & Lloyds thrashed Newcastle 71-0 in their Midlands Senior Vase semi-final

Stewarts & Lloyds thrashed Newcastle 71-0 in their Midlands Senior Vase semi-final

And while most would expect a semi-final to be a tight affair, this turned into a demolition.

“They had had some good results and we were aware of that,” Manson said.

“We’d done our homework and the boys were ready for it.

“We knew that someone coming to our place, with all the preparation we had done, would have to play well to beat us.

Stewarts & Lloyds thrashed Newcastle 71-0 in their Midlands Senior Vase semi-final

Stewarts & Lloyds thrashed Newcastle 71-0 in their Midlands Senior Vase semi-final

“But something clicked. We had been playing well and knew we had this sort of performance in us.

“On the day it just all came together. It was very satisfying.

“There was excellent support and people were queueing to get into the clubhouse.

“It was a good day at the office for the club and the players.”

Stewarts & Lloyds thrashed Newcastle 71-0 in their Midlands Senior Vase semi-final

Stewarts & Lloyds thrashed Newcastle 71-0 in their Midlands Senior Vase semi-final

Now they can look forward to a clash with Pershore in the regional final on March 15 knowing they are only two games away from an appearance at Twickenham.

Not that they are getting ahead of themselves.

“We would have liked a home draw in the final,” Manson added.

“But we know we can travel. If we go there, play that well and get beaten then you have to say fair play to them.

“We are confident we can keep going, though.

“We’ve got some important league games coming up first so we just need to keep things calm as well.”