Road to Twickenham
Whitchurch 1st XV currently find themselves three matches away from a potential trip to the Head Quarters of English Rugby, Twickenham. Whitchurch face Newark in the Midlands Semi-Final on 20th January. Kick off 2:00pm at Edgeley Park Whitchurch.
Support from the local Town and Community is always welcomed, Whitchurch will continue to play an expansive style of rugby and endeavour to make the occasion quite the spectacle. Whitchurch put on an emphatic display in the last round of the cup beating Coalville 1st XV 57-12 , dominating in all areas of the game.
There are four teams remaining in the Midlands division of the Cup these include league rivals Leek, Droitwich who occupy 1st position in their respective league, Newark who sit second in the East League and Whitchurch. The winners of the Semi-final will meet in a Midlands final , date TBC. The successful team will then play the winners of the Northern cup for the chance to play the Southern Winners at Twickenham. This means Whitchurch are three games away from HQ, a mammoth task but certainly something to aim for.
On their last outing Whitchurch ousted local rivals Crewe and Nantwich 27-14, leaving Whitchurch top of the league with a 12 point difference. Crewe opted to play against the wind in the first half which gave Whitchurch the opportunity to pin the men in white back in their half and play the majority of the half with the ball. This led to an early lead of 17-0. However, Crewe and Nantwich were not in the mood to fold. With a succession of penalties awarded against Whitchurch, Crewe were able to find themselves in Whitchurch territory and eventually scoring a late first half try. Scores at half time 17-7.
The theme of penalties continues in the second half, some dubious others fully deserved either way it gave Crewe and Nantwich the opportunity to work their way out of their 22 and gain a strong field position. After a spirited effort in defence the Red door was finally unlocked and the score was sat at 17-14. At this point the game had all aspects of a classic hard fort derby battle. It was at this point the tide turned, Whitchurch decided to exert their physical dominance and really take on the oppositions pack. This eventually wore down the Crewe team and allowed Whitchurch to run out clear winners 27-14.
Whitchurch now take on Newark in the next round of the cup, this promises to be an exciting game and one both teams will put their all into. All local support is welcome and very much appreciated. Kick off 2:00pm at Edgeley Park, please bring your partners and family and support Whitchurch Rugby Club.
Updated 14:43 - 20 Feb 2018 by Jane Kay