RUGBY: Feast of rugby in climax to fantastic season

Old Laurentians will be taking on Newbold in the league title decider at Parkfield Road next Saturday
Old Laurentians will be taking on Newbold in the league title decider at Parkfield Road next Saturday

Lions’ Vase semi-final today and Newbold v OLs next week

Wins for Newbold and Old Laurentians last weekend set up the big game of the season everyone’s been waiting for - their league title decider on April 11 at Parkfield Road.

And in the meantime today Saturday (April 4) there’s another huge match at Webb Ellis Road, with a place in the Twickenham final the prize for the winners.

Rugby Lions host Yorkshire side Northallerton in this national RFU Junior Vase semi-final, which kicks off at 3pm.

Lions were runners-up in the final at Twickenham last year and will be giving everything for the chance to go one better this time.

Whatever the outcome of both encounters, this feast of rugby is a fantastic climax to an incredibly successful season for all three clubs.

Last weekend OLs beat Malvern 36-14 at Fenley Field and Newbold won 81-12 at Old Coventrians to stay inseparable at the top of Midlands 2 West (South).

The winners of their April 11 showdown at Newbold will be champions of Midlands 2 West (South) and earn automatic promotion.

The league runners-up go into the play-offs, with a home draw against Old Saltleians from Midlands 2 West (North).

No one could have written a better script, with the two Rugby sides meeting in the first and last fixtures of the campaign.

On the opening day of the season they drew 16-16 and since then league leaders OLs have won every single game and second-placed Newbold have only lost once at Banbury.

Clearly the outstanding sides in the division, they are level on 96 points, some 28 ahead of third-placed Banbury, with Newbold making up the difference with four extra bonus points. Next week’s game promises to be a real cracker, not to be missed.

Rugby Lions warmed up for their big semi-final with an 88-10 home win over Coventrians in Midlands 4 West (South).

Lions have a 100 per cent record in all competitions this season and are already league champions.