RUGBY: Ojomoh savours Trowbridge cup progress
TROWBRIDGE head coach Steve Ojomoh has backed his cup heroes to carry on creating history as they close in on a fairytale trip to the home of English rugby.
Saturday’s 20-15 victory over Devon visitors Ivybridge in the South West Intermediate Cup final sent the Doric Park side into the last four of the national Intermediate competition and just one victory away from a showpiece final at Twickenham in May.
Trowbridge will face the side to emerge from the London & South East section in the semi final on April 19 – with Guildford and Ealing’s Old Priorian still to do battle for their regional prize. The draw for home advantage in the semi final will take place on Tuesday, March 11.
Victory in that clash would send Ojomoh’s men to the final against the victors to come through from the North & Midlands areas at Twickenham on May 3, when the annual Army v Navy match will also take place.
“We just want to keep going, we don’t want it to end. We want the big prize,’’ said Ojomoh.
“It (the semi final) is going to be a fantastic occasion for the club. A couple of weeks ago (they beat Bletchley to lift the Southern Counties Intermediate Cup) was the high point in the club’s history and this is the next one.
“I think we realise we’re in the moment and we’re just going to enjoy every game. It’s not a chore. Winning helps, but coming here and seeing people with smiles on faces is creating that culture and that’s what we’re trying to do here.''
Ojomoh, capped 12 times by England and a veteran of Five Nations Championship and Rugby World Cup campaigns as well as a plethora of major Twickenham cup finals during his career with Bath, admitted even he was feeling the tension as his side closed out their dramatic triumph on Saturday, courtesy of tries from skipper Matt Howard and veteran Mark Durant.
“It’s difficult. I think I played an additional 80 minutes with them,’’ he said.
“But it’s wonderful. What a great advert for the game. I thought it was a really great game of rugby.
“It’s a cup match and it’s any which way. When you play good sides, you are going to have periods when you don’t have the ball and you are under pressure.
"I thought we defended very well and that’s one aspect that really pleased me because they (Ivybridge) kept the ball for long periods.’’
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