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Spalding Rugby Club face Boston in the Rugby Football Union Midlands Senior Vase

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Spalding Rugby Club are eagerly-awaiting their return to competitive action on Saturday.

The Elephants start their campaign with an RFU Midlands Senior Vase match against local rivals Boston at the Memorial Field (Spalding Grammar School, kick-off 3pm).

Spalding are the current holders of the cup having defeated Dunstablians just before the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were imposed in March of last year.

Spalding beat Dunstablians when they last won the Vase. Photo by Adrian Smith. (51302335)
Spalding beat Dunstablians when they last won the Vase. Photo by Adrian Smith. (51302335)

They played in the NLD Summer Cup competition during the close season where they were beaten by Boston, and skipper Luke Turner is looking forward to leading his side out on Saturday in front of a home crowd.

Turner said: “Pre-season training has been going well with some good numbers.

“The players cannot wait now to get started on Saturday at home against Boston.”

Spalding played a training game at Fakenham on Saturday which produced an even contest.

Turner added: “There was some good early carries by the forwards but, with handling errors causing us to be camped back in our own half and defending for a quarter-of-an-hour, a couple of penalties were conceded and an opening try for Fakenham.

“We settled down during the second half though and put some decent phases together.”

Ash Piccaver stood out for Spalding and Harry Brown crashed over for their first try.

Good passing then saw Gav Sharman race in for the second try that was converted by Taylor Crowson before the home team ran in the final try of the afternoon.

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