Melton RFC: Midlands winners target national glory

Melton RFC capture second title in a week as they beat Vipers in Midlands Senior Vase final EMN-150316-103437002
Melton RFC capture second title in a week as they beat Vipers in Midlands Senior Vase final EMN-150316-103437002
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Melton RFC head coach Gareth Collins believes his side can reach their dream Twickenham final because they show no weaknesses.

The First XV swept to the Midlands Senior Vase title on Saturday, thrashing Vipers 46-5 in the final in what Collins described as their best performance of the season.

The win sent them into the national semi-finals where they will face northern champions West Leeds on home soil on Saturday, April 4. Both sides will compete for a place in the RFU Senior Vase final at Twickenham on May 3.

Collins said: “The whole year I have focussed on us more than our opponents and I think that’s the best way to be.

“Looking at their league table, West Leeds have lost games and I’ve told our players we need to identify what their weaknesses are early on and make them count.

“I don’t think we have those weaknesses for the opposition to exploit.”

Saturday’s triumph in Leicester came just seven days after the Midlands 3 East (North) league title.

But it was the nature of the performance which delighted the considerable travelling support as much as the silverware.

“We were very confident going into the game, but in all honesty it probably went better than expected; we were fantastic,” Collins added.

“I expected it to be a closer game than it was, but that’s probably a reflection of how well we played rather than what the opposition did.

“The tempo of our play was too quick for them and we played a game they were not used to. We dominated every aspect of the game and made very few errors.

“I expected the occasion to get to us more than it did, but we were very composed and scored two early tries so the nerves were out of the way quickly.

“I’m extremely happy for the club. We are riding a wave at the moment and it’s deserved.”

A Midlands prize is a possession to be coveted in the Melton RFC trophy cabinet, but this ambitious squad will ultimately be disappointed if historic national honours are not added.

“We said in the build-up to the Midlands final that we were treating it as a quarter-final; we didn’t see it as the ultimate prize,” he said.

“There’s always room for improvement, but we seem to be peaking at the right time of the season.

“If we repeat that performance, I would expect to win the semi-final.”