RUGBY: Who’s playing where this weekend?

Rugby Lions' Josh Lockley in their win at Claverdon last week   PICTURES BY RAY ANDREWS
Rugby Lions' Josh Lockley in their win at Claverdon last week PICTURES BY RAY ANDREWS
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Fans spoilt for choice with home games for OLs, Lions, Saints and Welsh

Tension is rising for OLs and Newbold, who are still top of their division, with just one more game before they meet at Parkfield Road on April 11, in what’s likely to be the season’s big showdown. The league champions will gain automatic promotion with the runners-up going into the play-offs.

Lions' Ben Husthwaite in last week's game which saw the Webb Ellis Road club clinch the league title

Lions' Ben Husthwaite in last week's game which saw the Webb Ellis Road club clinch the league title

The two Rugby clubs are romping away with Midlands 2 West (South), level on 91 points with Banbury in third on 67 points. Tomorrow, unbeaten league leaders OLs are at home to fourth-place Malvern at Fenley Field, while Newbold, in second spot, have a short trip to Old Coventrians, currently tenth.

Rugby St Andrews host Northampton Casuals in front of their VPs and past players so the prospect of a good sized crowd will be an added incentive at John Tomalin Way to repeat their earlier victory in Northampton. That match proved to be a turning point for both teams.

Saints notched their first away win of the campaign and started an impressive run of victories that saw them challenging for promotion whereas the visitors’ good sequence of wins ended, prompting a slide to the bottom half of the table. Hopefully Saints will welcome back some of their influential players and return to winning ways in Midlands 3 East (South).

Already crowned champions of Midlands 4 West (South), Rugby Lions’ last two league games are at home to Coventrians at Webb Ellis Road tomorrow and away to Coventry Welsh on April 11. In between they host Yorkshire side Northallerton in the national semi-final of the RFU Junior Vase at Webb Ellis Road on April 4. The winners earn a place in the final at Twickenham on May 3.

Lions are already promoted as champions from their division. This week they host Coventrians.

Lions are already promoted as champions from their division. This week they host Coventrians.

Rugby Welsh didn’t play last weekend, but are at home to Birmingham Exiles at Alwyn Road tomorrow in Midlands 5 West (South). Their final game of the campaign on April 11 will see them playing at bottom of the table Copsewood.