Melton RFC ready to face anyone in Midlands Senior Vase finals

Melton powered into the Midlands semi-finals with a shutout of Bedworth on Saturday EMN-150701-091503002
Melton powered into the Midlands semi-finals with a shutout of Bedworth on Saturday EMN-150701-091503002
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Melton RFC coach Gareth Collins insists he is happy to face anyone after watching his side reach the Midlands Senior Vase semi-finals on Saturday.

The 26-0 quarter-final win over Bedworth left the First XV potentially three wins away from the national final at Twickenham.

Melton powered into the Midlands semi-finals with a shutout of Bedworth on Saturday EMN-150701-091503002

Melton powered into the Midlands semi-finals with a shutout of Bedworth on Saturday EMN-150701-091503002

Next Monday’s cup draw will pit Melton against either Windrush, Upton-on-Severn – second and 11th in Midlands 3 West (South) respectively – or Vipers, who sit third in Midlands 3 East (South).

Collins said: “It doesn’t bother me whoever we get. If we don’t get the best side in the semis we’ll get them in the final.

“There are no easy games now, but we’re still confident of winning the Midlands competition. And then it’s a bit of an unknown quantity.

“We won’t be treating the next tie as a semi-final because we want to get to the national final.”

Bedworth’s strong defence presented Melton with their sternest test of the season.

And they had to face the Warwickshire side without winger James Woolley and fly-half Chris Rose who were both injured on the day of the match.

But the enforced late changes paid off with Phil Stimson’s switch from scrum-half to fill Rose’s boots earning him the man-of-the-match award.

Young stand-in Harry Wood, meanwhile, arrived at Burton Road to play for the Colts, and ended the afternoon scoring the third and final try for the First XV.

Collins added: “Late injuries are quite a problem at this level because you’re only allowed three players on the bench.

“It can have a real impact, but the benefit of having a larger squad than least year paid dividends.

“It was pleasing to have a decent test and come out not conceding.”