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East meets west

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:24 03 July 2010

THE country's most easterly rugby club head way out west today, pledging to give it everything for the biggest game in their history.

Tomorrow, Lowestoft & Yarmouth RFC will stand just 80 minutes away from a trip to Twickenham, the home of English rugby, when they take on Liskeard-Looe in Cornwall in the EDF Junior Vase semi-final.

THE country's most easterly rugby club head way out west today, pledging to give it everything for the biggest game in their history.

Tomorrow, Lowestoft & Yarmouth RFC will stand just 80 minutes away from a trip to Twickenham, the home of English rugby, when they take on Liskeard-Looe in Cornwall in the EDF Junior Vase semi-final.

Victory for a team that has not been beaten this season will send them to rugby HQ for the first time in their

134-year history.

Expecting a tough game as L&Y left for the long journey this afternoon, first team manager Matt Jary said: “It's the most important game in the club's history.

“The best we've done in a cup so far as anyone can recall, is winning the Norfolk Cup in 1975.

“We've certainly never been so close to taking the club to headquarters before, although a few games to clinch promotions in the late 1990s could rank alongside this one for importance,”

he added.

As they embark on the 400-mile trek there was an “excited but confident” mood in the L&Y camp.

The Eastern Counties One league leaders boast an amazing unblemished record this season, with 14 league and six cup wins from their 20 games thus far.

This unbeaten run has seen them triumph four times out of six matches already on the Vase trail - and the aim is to continue that perfect sequence tomorrow.

“It's an unknown quantity because we've never had to travel this far before for a mid-season competitive game, and we've never played a Cornish club before,” Jary admitted.

“Their stereotypical physicality is legendary. Although we are pretty strong up front we are expecting Liskeard-Looe to be the same.

“We've developed a side that have played and won in several different styles, so we have to concentrate on our own game and be prepared to change tactics if plan A doesn't work. What we don't want to do is give them a lead and have to chase the game,” he added.

Trips like this have been few and far between for L&Y over the years, but the appetite for more is certainly apparent.

“The guys were impressively well focused, iPods everywhere, isotonic drinks in hand, and desperate to get onto the pitch,” said Jary.

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