RUGBY: Supermarine gunning for title glory
5:30am Friday 11th April 2014 in By Tom Bassam, Chief sports writer
TOMORROW is the all or nothing game for Supermarine as they go in search of glory in the Dorset & Wilts North Division One.
Sean Millwaters and his side travel to Trowbridge knowing a bonus point win should be enough to guarantee themselves the league title. Unless Bradford-on-Avon or Minety can match a bonus point win for Supermarine and overturn a points difference of 54 and 131 respectively then the championship will be heading to South Marston.
It could of course have been much easier. Marine would have needed as little a bonus point loss from this game had they not been docked five points for fielding an ineligible player against Pewsey Vale back in February.
As it is head coach Sean Millwaters says the Blues are exactly where they need to be but is taking little about their final game for granted.
“If you’d said to me at the start going into the last game you’ll be top of the league then I would have taken it,” Millwaters told the Adver.
“If we get a five point win this weekend we should win the league, we’re certainly in the strongest position.
“It’s going to be hard game against a team that’s only lost once at home all year, I don’t think we can go there and think it’s in the bag.”
Supermarine’s players should be raring to go having had a couple of decent training sessions to prepare. Millwaters said on Monday that he and his fellow coaches were looking to iron out and couple of issues this week and get the different units working at the peak for tomorrow’s big clash.
The game is not a dead rubber for the opposition either. Bradford and Minety only have to fail to pick up maximum points and if Marine succumb to a heavy enough defeat then their hosts could sneak the league from nowhere.
It is unlikely given the margins and the results needed to go their way but with something riding on the result for Trowbridge Millwaters knows Marine cannot afford to be complacent.
“Saturday’s going to be an absolute cup final, if the results got their way they could win it, we’re not playing a team with nothing to play.
“It’s key for both teams to get defence right and go out with the mentality to win that game. They will want to play rugby, hopefully we can take advantage of that.
“If you were a neutral the most mouth-watering game is at Trowbridge as it’s winner takes all. There home form is similar to our away record so it will be close.”