Cleve hoping for grand finale
Published on: 05 May 2015
CLEVE Rugby Club hope to complete a season to remember with victory in the Wadworth 6X Combination Cup final at the Memorial Ground on May 7.
Neil Hall’s side go into the game, against Dings Crusaders/Thornbury, as the champions of South West One West.
And a cup triumph would be the perfect way to round off a gruelling campaign ahead of taking a short break and preparing for life next season in the national leagues.
Cleve, in fact, have lifted the famous trophy three times since the competition was relaunched in 1971, narrowly defeating St Mary’s Old Boys in 1993 and 2006 before thumping Clevedon 61-5 in 2008.
The Mangotsfield club secured their place in the final with a tremendous home 32-13 triumph over holders and clear favourites Clifton who were out-scored four tries to one.
Centre Steve Bath crossed twice while there were also touchdowns from lock Dave Bufton and fly-half Ben Roberts who booted the remaining points.
A fine all-round performance followed on from a consistent run of displays in the league that helped Cleve pull away from the chasing pack.
Director of Rugby Richard Pool said: “It’s been a fantastic season so far. Our new coaching team of Ryan Davis and James Scaysbrook settled in very quickly, and the players have really responded to what they are trying to do.
“Winning the league is a real achievement. There are some very long Saturdays to deal with because of the trips to Cornwall and Devon, but the players have been very committed and worked very hard, playing an exciting brand of rugby.”
Fixtures next season will include Combination derbies with Dings Crusaders, Hornets and Old Redcliffians.
CLEVE, meanwhile, are to host a Gloucestershire County Championship game, against Kent, on May 23.
It’s the first such fixture to be held in the south of the county for 20 years and is expected to draw a big crowd to the Hayfields.