Superb form ahead of Twickenham trip

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Bridlington have made it clear - they are reday for the biggest day in the club’s history.

They head to Twickenham on Saturday, to take on Brighton Blues in the final of the RFU National Intermediate Cup, and have hit form at exactly the right time.

A thumping 61-26 win at home to Dinnington in Yorkshire One last weekend was the perfect send-off ahead of their day out at the home of English rugby.

Now, the coaching staff are putting the final preparations to the gameplan for the cup final, which will see Bridlington at full-strength.

Director of rugby Richard Girking said: “I’m very nervous, but at least the lads have got through the last couple of games without any injuries. Finally the big day has arrived and the lads are chomping at the bit to play in the final.

“We’ve scored more than 160 points in our last three games and the ground is getting harder, which suits us. We are hoping the big pitch at Twickenham will suit us too. Players are finding their form, and Sizwe Zondo has started scoring tries.

“The backs are playing well, the scrummaging has been excellent recently, we’ve been knocking sides all over the place.

“We know the 22 we will be choosing but we’ll train twice this week before we decide the starting 15. A couple of positions are up for debate, and somebody will be upset but they have all helped us to get this far. You don’t get to a cup final with 15 men, it’s about the hard work of 24 or 26 players.

“I’m sure Brighton Blues will be well-organised, we know they’ve been to Twickenham before and there is no doubt they will start as favourites.

“We are happy with that, we like to be the underdogs. in fact, we love that tag. We’ve got nothing to lose, and have the chance to show everybody what we are all about. We will certainly be giving it everything.

“We have been getting good luck messages from all the other clubs, and I have had loads of text messages from friends.”

Off the field, the club has been delighted with the support from the town.

Chairman Gordy Morrice said: “I’m absolutely over the moon that we are going to have something like 250 people from Bridlington going to the game.

“It’s a great turnout and goes to show what great supporters we have.

“The mood is brilliant, I’ve never seen such a happy bunch of players. The club is so buoyant.

“A lot of work has gone into getting sponsorship and people have been coming into the clubhouse, without being asked, and putting money in the kitty for the lads.

“It is just fabulous. This is the best thing that has ever happened to Bridlington Rugby Club. It really is the pinnacle.”

See our eight-page Twickenham pullout in the centre of today’s Free Press and don’t miss next week’s paper for coverage of the big day