Yarnbury confident ahead of first Twickenham final

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ALL roads lead to Twickenham for Yarnbury RFC, who are seeking to clinch the first part of a famous silverware double at headquarters tomorrow (Sunday).

The Horsforth-based outfit are aiming to produce their Sunday best in the final of the RFU Senior Vase against Gloucestershire opponents Newent (1pm), when they seek to crown a vintage year in the best way possible.

After going great guns in Yorkshire Two, which has resulted in promotion last weekend after picking up a losing bonus point against Old Rishworthians, the Brownberrie Lane side now have serious cup business to attend to before turning back to the league, with a title to also aim for as they seek to replenish their trophy cabinet.

Around seven coaches and a players’ coach headed south today, with Yarnbury keen to make it a White Rose double with Yorkshire U20s also playing at Twickenham against their Northumberland counterparts tomorrow, one of four matches at the venerated venue.

Newent already know plenty about Yorkshire opposition having beaten Baildon in the final of the Junior Vase 12 months ago and while it’s Yarnbury’s first appearance at Twickenham, some of their team do possess experience of their own there.

Mainly in the shape of vastly-experienced coach Bob Hood, head coach for three County Championship triumphs for Yorkshire in the capital, the most recent coming in 2008 when they lifted the Bill Beaumont Cup.

Stand-off Carl Paterson has also played for England U20s at the venue.

Spokesman John Rawson said: “Sunday is the biggest game we will have ever played, to be honest. Even though we have been going 150 years approximately.

“I am quite confident that the Yorkshire standard at this level is so strong that it will be an even contest.

“They might be stronger in the forwards, but we have attributes all around the park.

“We go into it confident, we’ve got to be. Without being overconfident.

“It’s the start of a terrific end to the season for us.

“As well as getting promoted and being in the Vase final, we have two other games to play in May when most other teams have finished.

“We have two local derbies on consecutive Saturday’s against West Leeds and West Park, so we could go up as champions, which could be even better.

“It’s a huge, mammoth task for everybody, but we’re looking forward to it and can hopefully do Yorkshire proud on Sunday!”

As well as England Counties coach Hood, Yarnbury’s coaching staff includes Otley’s ex-director of rugby Gary Walker, with their experience helping the side negotiate a tough Vase semi-final against Corby-based side Stewart’s and Lloyds, in front of a massive crowd of over 1,200 at Brownberrie Lane.

Alongside sinking their Northants rivals, Yarnbury have also beaten Ormskirk, North Shields and Hartlepool BB Old Boys en route to the final of the competition.

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