Now or never for Sandal as Wetherby eye Twickenham finale

Yorkshire Two champions Wetherby

Yorkshire Two champions Wetherby

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Harrogate are digging deep into their resources to plug a prop crisis ahead of today’s home encounter against relegation-threatened Broadstreet.

Director of rugby Mike Aspinall is pondering the options but said of the seventh-placed side’s depth: “I wouldn’t say it’s a crisis just yet.”

One place and five points above them in sixth place are Otley, who entertain third-place Stourbridge in National Two North.

It’s a case of now or never for Sandal if they are to avoid relegation back to National Three North. The 14th-placed side welcome 11th-placed South Leicester knowing a win would drag their Midlands opponents back into trouble.

Up in National One, relegation-threatened Wharfedale face a daunting and long trip to Plymouth Albion.

Wetherby face Midlands outfit Buxton in a hotly-anticipated National Junior Vase semi-final – with the winner securing a cup final place at Twickenham.

It would secure Yorkshire Two champions Wetherby a first appearance at the home of English rugby, one year after league rivals Northallerton lost in the final.

“Everyone seems relaxed although there is a big sense that we have the chance to achieve something special here,” said Wetherby captain Danny Warden.

“I’m overwhelmed. I daren’t dream that if we could out winners, I could be running out at Twickenham”

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