Two unbeaten records go on the line at St Peter’s Sports Ground, Gloucester on Sunday (ko 2.30pm) as the All Golds take on Telford Raiders in the semi final of the Harry Jepson Trophy.
The All Golds have been in free-scoring form as they rampaged through the West of England league winning all eleven of their games, scoring well over a hundred tries in the process. Telford have been just as formidable with their Midlands Grand Final victory over Sherwood Wolf Hunt being their seventh straight win.
The sides have not met before but captain Ash Lewis and assistant coach Kirk Lewis in the home camp can remember the Raiders’ victory over the Gloucestershire Warriors back in 2013 at the quarter final stage of Harry Jepson Trophy.
All Golds coach Marcus Brown will be selecting from strength this weekend as he looks to guide his men to a history-making season. “We trained well in the week but the boys know there is plenty of hard work still to do if we are to make the final,” said an All Golds spokesperson. “Telford are a good side as their record shows and we are expecting them to be tough opponents. It should be a cracking game.”
The other semi final features the London & South East champions Hammersmith Hills Hoists (named after a rotary washing line said by many to be an icon of Australian suburbia) against the North Herts Crusaders who won the East of England title.
The winners of this weekend’s games will face off in the final next Sunday, 9 September, at Hemel Stags’ Pennine Way ground.