Talk of Twickenham is off the agenda at S&L

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“We don’t like to talk about it – but you can’t help thinking about it”.

So says Stewarts & Lloyds head coach Kev Manson of a potential trip to Twickenham for his men.

Their stunning victory over Staffordshire side Newcastle at the weekend – a 71-0 stuffing in front of a good crowd at Occupation Road – leaves them with a Midlands Senior Vase final appointment at Pershore on March 15.

That in itself is a major event for S&L. Should they manage to win, however, they are just a national semi-final success away from playing at headquarters.

It is all part of a season that keeps getting more and more interesting.

As well as the excellent cup run they are also pushing for promotion in Midlands Three East (South).

And that is something that will take their attention this weekend.

Straight on the back of a big cup success, it is an equally-important game tomorrow as they take on second-placed Vipers.

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

“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.

“We would have liked a home draw in the final. But we know we can travel.

“We’ve got to make sure we don’t over-hype it.

“It’s difficult knowing we’re so close to playing at Twickenham.

“We don’t like to talk about it – but you can’t help thinking about it”.

First things first, they have that important date with Vipers – a crucial game in their promotion push.

Elsewhere tomorrow, Kettering will get their good form back when they head to Huntingdon & District in Midlands One East.

Having won three matches on the bounce, the Blues have not played since February 8 and will hope their are now cobwebs when they take on a side two places and six points behind them.

Wellingborough’s promotion push takes them to Olney in Midlands Two East (South).

They kept up the pressure on second-placed Newbold-on-Avon the race to go up with a dominant display at BBOBs.

The quality of the display was highlighted by 10 different players making it on to the scoresheet and fly-half Pete Vickers getting 18 points in conversions alone.

The Cut Throat Lane side produced a demolition job, winning 73-5 with Kyle Danns and Luke Gardiner both getting two tries while seven other players also touched down.

They now sit 11 points behind Newbold with a game in hand and the sides due to meet on the penultimate weekend of the season.

Rushden & Higham are at Oadby Wyggestonians looking to claw their way up the table.

Oundle are without a game but ensured they are very much in the Midlands Four East (South) promotion race with a 40-15 success over Old Newtonians last weekend.

The win came from being only 12-5 up by half-time at which point coach Peter Croot ordered a return to basics.

It paid dividends as the Eagles stretched their advantage – although some indiscipline did keep Old Newts featuring on the scoresheet – as Toby Snelling, Richard Griffiths (2), James Sheridan and Lewis Robinson all made their mark in the 40-15 success.

Things did not go as well for Corby who could not follow up their win over Westwood and slumped to a 30-18 reverse at home to Bourne.

“What a difference one week can make,” said manager Ricky Egan.

“Last week we were all on a high as we played good structured rugby and we got the points we deserved.

“This week we couldn’t put anything together on the park worth talking about.

“We have taken some big defeats but you know the guys give it their best.

“They know that this was not anywhere near how we can play.”

The aim will be to put things right when they visit Kempston tomorrow.