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Coalville fly Midlands flag in RFU Cups

03 April 2013

  • Coalville ready for rearranged Intermediate Cup semi
  • Fly half unavailable to face Bridlington

Coalville will be flying the flag for the Midlands when they host Bridlington in their rearranged RFU Intermediate Cup semi-final on Saturday, April 6.

Coalville, who won the Midlands Intermediate Cup by beating Old Laurentians last month, are the last remaining Midlands club left in the RFU Cups following defeats for Stourbridge Lions by Selby in the RFU Senior Vase and Old Yardleians at holders Baildon in the RFU Junior Vase last Saturday.

Coalville stand the chance of denying three Yorkshire clubs a trip to Twickenham for the second successive season after Ilkley, Wath Upon Dearne and Baildon beat their Midlands counterparts last season.

A snowbound pitch forced Coalville to postpone last weekend’s original tie but they are hopeful that, with improved weather conditions forecast, the semi-final will go ahead as planned this weekend.

“We’ve cleared the remaining snow from the pitch, the problem now is that it’s a bit damp but the forecast is for dry weather this week,” said Coalville director of rugby, Stuart Redfern.

“We’re quite high up so we’ve also had a bit of frost but hopefully everything will be OK for Saturday.

“The other issue we have had is finding somewhere to train. It’s not been easy finding somewhere during the Easter holidays but we’ve managed to find an all-weather pitch at a local leisure centre.”

The postponement means that Coalville will face Bridlington without fly half Billy Measures, who is unavailable this weekend. Redfern, who played twice in Twickenham finals for Leicester, has yet to decide who will replace Measures.