RUGBY: ‘Twickenham will be a big day, but we’re going there to win’
Trowbridge’s players and officials start the celebrations after the final whistle in last Saturday’s semi-final
THE chance to play at the home of English rugby would be the high point of any amateur rugby player’s career, but Lloyd Davis will not be content with just playing the role of star-struck visitor.
The Trowbridge fly-half struck two conversions during his side’s semi-final victory over Guildford but, as the magnitude of his side’s achievement was still sinking in, Davis took time to underline the desire to return home on Sunday week as a Twickenham winner.
“It’s a big day out at Twickenham, but it’s not just a day out, we’re going there to win,’’ he said, as the wild celebrations continued around him on the Guildford pitch.
“We’ll enjoy our day at Twickenham, but it’s important we don’t forget that.
“It will be the same approach (at Twickenham), being professional and making sure we work hard, because nothing is going to come to us for free.
“We’ll have to make sure we really work for it.’’
Staffordshire side Leek stand in the way of Trowbridge and RFU Intermediate Cup glory, but Davis was not immune from general bewilderment and disbelief at the thought of the Doric Park club’s appointment at English rugby’s headquarters.
“It’s pretty surreal really and it was quite emotional (after the final whistle),’’ he added.
“When you think about the magnitude of it, little old Trowbridge going to Twickenham, after coming down to a new club (Doric Park) this year and new personnel, it’s incredible.
“There is a breath of fresh air coming through the club at the minute and it’s amazing really. It’s a pleasure to be a part of.
“I’ve been here for eight years and it’s just a privilege to play with these boys and fight for the badge. It shows how close-knit we are as a squad.’’
Try scorer Shane Johnstone admitted the pain and sheer gut-wrenching tension at the end of Saturday’s semi-final was worth it to experience the amazing high at the final whistle.
“You’d never expect a team like Trowbridge to make it as far as we have and this was just glorious, with all the support down and all the old and new heads,’’ said the number eight.
“These are the games you want to have. At the end, you were twingeing a bit but it was what you’d expect for a semi-final.
“They (Guildford) are renowned for coming back. We should have been a bit more ready for it, but they are a good side and a well-drilled side with good coaches, so we expected it.
“At Twickenham, we’ll go out there and enjoy the experience. The fact we’ve made it is a big thing for me because you wouldn’t expect a small town like ours to do that.
“It’s the highest thing you can do as a player at the level we play out and it’s great for the club, not just the players but the supporters too.’’
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