RUGBY LIVE: Guildford RFC 17 Trowbridge RFC 19

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  • Trowbridge clinch place in RFU Intermediate Cup final at Twickenham on May 4
  • FT: Guildford 17-19 Trowbridge
  • Tries for James Davies, Shane Johnstone and Jackson Szabo for the visitors, Lloyd Davis with two conversions
  • Centre Joe Knight sent off but 14-man visitors hold on


4:46pm Sat 19 Apr 14

dave wells says

Well done, what an effort. When is the final?


That about wraps up our live coverage from Guildford this afternoon. A match report and reaction will follow at and don't forget to see all the best match reaction and pictures in next week's Wiltshire Times.


Trowbridge head coach Steve Ojomoh: "It's fantastic. We wanted to really get a big start and make this like a home match for us.

"They had the ball for the first 5 minutes but what was great was we held our shape and kept defending and defending and when we got opportunities we took them.

"Then within a 25 minute spell we were 19-0 up but then we sat back a little but and I said to the guys we've got to be a little hungrier than that.

"I'm really pleased for us. That small town outside Bath is going to Twickenham and it's great.

"I was very emotional after the game."


4:13pm Sat 19 Apr 14

MannySchneider says

Although a football man at heart.

Congratulations go to Trowbridge Rugby Club for what is a great achivement for all involved wit hthe Club.


Ecstatic Trowbridge captain Matt Howard: "Time seems to go a lot slower when you are playing.

"It was a fantastic start but we knew they were always going to come back, being as good as they are.

"But like all season really, we prided ourselves on our defence, even down to 13 men at one stage.

"We'll just try and enjoy the moment really.

"It's unbelievable (to get the chance to lead his side out at Twickenham). It's a once in a lifetime opportunity - probably more than that."



Reaction coming up...............


Fantastic scenes at the final whistle. Trowbridge battled every inch for that


FT - Guildford 17-19 Trowbridge

Hang on to your hats, Trowbridge are going to Twickenham!!


The action is about 30m from Trowbridge's line as we speak 


Guildford are pressing metres from the Trowbridge line


Huge tension now. Only moments to go


TRY - Guildford 17-19 Trowbridge

It's another pushover score and again the scorer is unknown. The conversion is missed though so Trowbridge still lead. A huge 10 mins to go.


I'm now told that was a red card for Knight. We're assuming foul play but there is no clear indication. Tough finale for Trowbridge now.


Yellow card for Trowbridge's Joe Knight. Not sure what for but it appears to have been off the ball.


Oh that's close. The home supporters are celebrating as Adam goes over by the posts but it's pulled back for a forward pass. Then Guildford waste another chance by kicking the ball away. Phew!


Penalty to Trowbridge some way out and replacement Tom Weaver's is well struck but just wide. Trowbridge collect the restart and Szabo is nearly in at the corner but had a foot in touch. Close.


Lloyd Davis breaks through for Trowbridge and chips on. James MacFarlane is just beaten to the touchdown. Davis probably could have gone on himself there.


TRY - Guildford 12-19 Trowbridge

It's that rolling maul again. Up it rumbles to the line and it's given, amid a pile of bodies.Adam lands a tricky conversion. Game on.


Trowbridge replacement Karl Parry is sin-binned, not sure of the offence but a big 10 mins for the visitors


Again, Guildford have started with purpose. Wing Ben Barrow goes down the touch libel but is stopped short.


Here he is. Now we go............


Here we go then. Trowbridge should have the benefit of the wind in this half. We're under way. No we're not, the players decided to kick off without the ref!!


The visitors have to be pleased with that first half. Guildford are not dead yet though. A huge 40 mins to come.


Half-time: Guildford 5-19 Trowbridge


Trowbridge probably haven't been as tight and disciplined as they would have liked since that early scoring burst but that's half time and. They'll be delighted with the scoreline.


TRY - Guildford 5-19 Trowbridge (Mark Watkinson)

The hosts get on the board from their most effective weapon, the rolling maul. Watkinson rumbles over but the conversion is missed. Coming up to half time.


Szabo is everywhere at the moment. Home flanker James Roberts breaks through but Szabo brilliantly chops him down at the ankles. A try-saving tackle and Trowbridge win the penalty.


Escape for the visitors as Guildford break through but with the line beckoning, fly-half Alex Vaughan drops the ball.



It's nearly one of the greatest individual tries this correspondent has ever seen and it's that man Szabo again. He fields a nothing kick 20m from his own line and sets off on a weaving run which takes him through the entire Guildford defence. He looks as though he must score but a brilliant last-gasp tackle takes him into touch.


Right, let's pause for breath.................


TRY - Guildford 0-19 Trowbridge (Jackson Szabo).

Could they really have imagined this? 15 mins gone and it's a third Trowbridge try. They win a turnover, full-back Szabo breaks the line and scoots under the posts untouched. Davis adds the easy extras. Astonishing.


TRY - Guildford 0-12 Trowbridge (Shane Johnstone, con Davis)

It's a dream start for the visitors. Guildford cough up penalties and, after the ball is kicked for a line out, the forwards rumble on and Shane Johnstone touches down. Davis adds the extras.


8 mins: TRY - Guildford 0-5 Trowbridge.

James Davies. What a blow that could be. Trowbridge clear their lines and when Guildford's clearance kick is poor, full-back Jackson Szabo runs it back and quick hands find wing James Davies. He has plenty to do but takes off down the touch line, chips on and wins the race. Davis conversion is missed but what a start.


All Guildford as you might expect early on. A powerful driving maul, but good Trowbridge defence until they concede a penalty 30m out. Home full-back Jarrod Adam lines it up but it's wide. Bad miss from in front.



Trowbridge are out in their usual blue kit, Guildford, who also play in blue, have changed into yellow. Trowbridge fly-half Lloyd Davis to kick us off.


Our referee today is London official Luis Caviglia. Just awaiting the arrival of the teams now.


This Is Wiltshire: Decent crowd are here. A bit chilly, overcast and a bit of breeze.


Don't forget to tweet your support for Trowbridge via @WTSport using the hashtag #trowbridgerfc or comment under this live blog.


Ten minutes to kick-off, Trowbridge are back inside for the final preparatory moments.


“Steve is trying to get us to approach it as any other game,’’ said Howard. “He’s got the experience of playing in big matches like this. “The end prize is a game at Twickenham. It would be a fantastic day out for the club and supporters and everyone whatever happens, but, in many ways, this is the final."

Trowbridge captain Matt Howard


It’s going to be a fantastic day for the club. We’ve been on this journey for the majority of the season and we’re hell-bent on getting to Twickenham. It’s a massive carrot. “They will be fully ready for this and there won’t be any complacency and hasn’t been for weeks.’’ “You can do your research and all that but, ultimately, it’s all about on the day. If players can’t catch or pass, it really doesn’t matter. Rugby has always been a simple game and we have to make sure we can execute our basics well and do our jobs.

Trowbridge coach Steve Ojomoh


So what do we know about Guildford? Well, they're coached by Harlequins hooker Dave Ward and last week wrapped up the London Two South West title with a 57-10 victory over Trojans.

They completed their league campaign with just one defeat.

But Trowbridge are no slouches in that department, with just three league defeats all season and one loss since September.



Good afternoon and welcome to coverage of Trowbridge's RFU Intermediate Cup semi final against Guildford.

We're in place at Broadwater Sports Complex and kick off is under 30 mins away, with Steve Ojomoh's men currently going through their pre-match preparations.


There will also be updates on Twitter @WTSport. Leave your comments below or comment on Twitter using the hashtag #trowbridgerfc


Join us from 1.45pm for updates from today's RFU Intermediate Cup semi final as Steve Ojomoh's Trowbridge travel to Guildford

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4:13pm Sat 19 Apr 14

MannySchneider says...

Although a football man at heart.

Congratulations go to Trowbridge Rugby Club for what is a great achivement for all involved wit hthe Club.
Although a football man at heart. Congratulations go to Trowbridge Rugby Club for what is a great achivement for all involved wit hthe Club. MannySchneider
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4:46pm Sat 19 Apr 14

dave wells says...

Well done, what an effort. When is the final?
Well done, what an effort. When is the final? dave wells
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