RUGBY: ‘We are ready for a big day’
TROWBRIDGE coach Steve Ojomoh believes his side’s experience of ‘cup final rugby’ throughout this season can prove a useful tool in tomorrow’s RFU Intermediate Cup semi-final at Guildford.
Two losses in their opening three Southern Counties South league matches in September left the Doric Park men playing catch-up in the battle for promotion, for which they will meet Southern Counties North runners-up Aylesbury at home a week tomorrow.
After that shaky start though, Trowbridge lost only one more league match, culminating in last weekend’s 26-21 victory over eventual champions Wells, while lifting the Dorset & Wilts and South West Intermediate cups and progressing to the last-four stage of the national competition.
The side’s winning mentality was forged by the knowledge that any more mistakes could cost them the chance to battle for big prizes this season and former Bath and England forward Ojomoh, pictured, hopes that will be of benefit again as they battle Guildford tomorrow for the honour of a big day out at Twickenham next month.
“I’ve talked about how since our poor start to the season we’ve been playing cup matches every week since September and now we’re potentially down to the last three of them,’’ said Ojomoh.
“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.’’
Guildford, coached by Harlequins hooker Dave Ward, last week wrapped up the London Two South West title with a 57-10 victory over Trojans, but Ojomoh admits he is largely in the dark about the abilities of tomorrow’s opponents.
“All I know is what I’ve read about and the results we’ve seen,’’ he said. “That’s not showing them any lack of respect but this year, all we’ve done is to work on us.
“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.
“It’s difficult to get a gauge on how difficult their league is. But what matters is whoever really wants it the most.
“If we win this match we’re at Twickenham and it’s a big thing.’’
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