- West Leeds aim for back-to-back wins
- The side will play Charlton Park tomorrow at Twickenham
- Watch the final at 3pm live here
“It has certainly been a good few years,” is how West Leeds Chairman and backs coach Phil Christopher describes his side's recent success. It is something of an understatement.
The Yorkshire team feature in the Intermediate Cup final tomorrow at Twickenham having won the Senior Vase final last year and reached the final the year before. Add to that their back-to-back league promotions and it could indeed be described as a good few years.
But for Christopher and everyone else involved at the club, the focus is entirely on this Saturday’s final against Charlton Park.
The Intermediate Cup is the pinnacle event for clubs who compete at level seven across the country and West Leeds have reached the final at the first time of asking.
“I think Yorkshire rugby is very strong at the moment which is one reason why we have done well but more than that we have a group of players who are committed to the cause and play for each other,” explains Christopher.
A strong bond
“Some of these guys have played for 25 years together and so the bond they have is very strong. People do some pretty extraordinary things for their friends and certainly on the rugby field.”
Of the side who will play Charlton Park, 18 played in last year’s 42-22 win over Withycombe and many of them also featured in their loss to Bromley in the 2015 final.
Christopher is hoping that experience is an advantage on the day. “That should be useful for us but we aren’t taking anything for granted, we are just excited to be part of it again.”
The team are coached by Andy Neave with his son Sam captaining the side at centre and Christopher says reaching Twickenham for the third year in a row is testament to their leadership.
“They have been key for us and as a team we have really gathered momentum during this competition. Once you get within sight of Twickenham it is a huge motivation for the players.”
The team also possesses a few particular threats. Former Leeds Carneige and Doncaster player Joe Bedford will start at scrum-half while Mark Calderwood, the former professional Leeds Rhinos player who scored in last year's final, will also be involved.
"These guys know how to play in the big games and they are a great influence around the squad," says Christopher.
Let's see if the team can make history this weekend. You can watch the match live at 3pm here.
The RFU Cup finals are held at Twickenham this Saturday, 6 May and mark the culmination of the grassroots club season. The Junior Vase, Senior Vase and Intermediate Cup will all be streamed live on EnglandRugby.com.