Melton RFC coach Collins confident of semi-final victory

Action from Melton's quarter-final win over Bedworth EMN-150213-134357002
Action from Melton's quarter-final win over Bedworth EMN-150213-134357002
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Melton RFC head coach Gareth Collins is confident of victory in tomorrow’s Midlands Senior Vase semi-final but believes his side must improve to progress.

Last Saturday an under-strength First XV had to rely on a late penalty try to salvage a 7-3 win in their top-of-the-table clash at Southwell.

Melton remain 16 points clear in Midlands 3 East (North) and just a few games away from clinching an early title, but Collins knows they must raise their game at Woodrush on Saturday (kick-off 2.15pm).

He said: “Last week was a very close run thing. It was a poor performance, but it was our fantastic attitude and effort which got us the all-important win.

“We have pretty much a full squad to select from this week so I’m confident, but I know our performance has to improve from our recent league form in order to get a result.”

Birmingham side Woodrush are third in Midlands 3 West (South), but within six points of leaders Dunlop and five behind second-placed Bedworth, with a game in hand on both.

Melton accomplished a hard-fought 26-0 win over Bedworth in the quarter-finals six weeks ago which has helped Collins gauge what may lie ahead.

Victory would give Melton a trip to Vipers in the Midlands final and put them two wins away from the national final at Twickenham.

He added: “We know very little about them, but based on results, I expect a similar outfit to Bedworth.

“Our preparations so far this week have been good. Our plan is to concentrate on our own game and try to disrupt theirs, particularly at the set piece.”

* An important cup tie takes place at Burton Road tomorrow when Melton RFC host Hinckley in the County Vets Cup semi-finals. Kick-off is 2pm and all support is welcome.