Warriors showdown with St George
Gloucestershire Warriors will take on Swindon St George in the Co-operative Rugby League Conference West of England division final at Old Richians, Longlevens, Gloucester this Sunday (kick off 2.30pm).
The Warriors go into their fifth division final looking to secure their fourth title and their first for five years while for Swindon, it is a step into the unknown as they will be making their first appearance in a final since their formation in 2007.
Swindon have had some disappointing results this season but have won the games that matter to enter their first final against a Warriors side that must be ranked as overwhelming favourites having gone through the league campaign unbeaten.
The visitors will travel to Sandyleaze high on confidence having unexpectedly but deservedly beaten Bristol Sonics A at Little Stoke Park last weekend with stand off Mike Thompson scoring an incredible seven tries in the 46-28 win.
St George began the season by beating the Sonics' second string on their own patch back in May but were not able to carry that form through the season as they went down three times to the Wyverns. However, two wins over Oxford saw them edge into the play-offs and gave them the opportunity to win through to the final.
The Warriors and Swindon have clashed twice with the Warriors winning both games convincingly. A superb 80-minute performance saw them demolish the Saints 76-0 at Sandyleaze at the beginning of July but in the return, St George earned some pride in their performance despite going down 62-12.
“Well done to Swindon for reaching the final”, said Warriors coach Steve Lee. “They deserve their place having beaten the Sonics twice this season away from home.
“They played really well against us in the second half last time but we were as much to blame for that as we let the scoreline get to us and lost sight of the gameplan.
“The players recognised that and have been working hard in training and we are hoping to put on a good performance, because anything less won’t win the game.
The game takes place at Old Richians on Sunday 14 August with a 2.30pm kick off. Admission is free.