McCall admits driving by Twickenham will provide ‘Vase inspiration’ for Wisbech Rugby Club
Driving by Twickenham tomorrow will provide Wisbech Rugby Club with the inspiration to continue their Junior Vase run, admits coach Ben McCall.
High-flying Wisbech, second in the Greene King Eastern Counties Division One, will put themselves three wins from the Vase final if they beat in-form London Exiles (2pm), weather permitting.
McCall's side will pass the home of English rugby on the way to face Exiles and the Wisbech coach insists it will provide added motivation for his team to continue their charge to reach the competition's final at the stadium.
'The league will always be our priority and the weather at the moment could prove to have a knock on affect,' said McCall.
'If we play tomorrow then we'll miss a chance to rearrange last weekend's league game against Harwich & Dovercourt which got postponed. It could give us a massive problem. However, I can't take the opportunity of playing at Twickenham away from these guys.
'We'll drive by it on the way to the game and I'll simply say, 'we could be playing here in a couple of months' - what more inspiration do you need than that?
'Whether you're a young or an old player you simply might never get that chance to play at the home of English rugby again.'
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Wisbech survived a late scare in the last round to beat Billericay 25-17 - their third consecutive home tie in the national contest - to book their place in the quarter final.
McCall admits he has no fears playing away from Harecroft Road for the first time in this season's competition but does accept the Surrey Division One table-toppers will provide his side's sternest challenge of their Vase run so far.
'It's our biggest test in the Vase in terms of the problem of the travelling and the opposition,' said McCall.
'It's the furthest we've travelled this season which makes it hard for people to get it off work and they're probably the strongest side we've faced.
'The draw has been kind to us but the only thing playing away can cause an issue with is availability. We'll be treating it the same way as we would a home game once we're on the pitch. We won't change our approach.
'Regardless of where you're playing, unless it is Twickenham which is a bit different, it's a game of rugby and the venue shouldn't matter.
'Most of our players have been playing rugby for a long time so it's not a big issue that we're away. They've got their head round how to deal with it.
'We're planning to take as many supporters with us as possible which is of course a boost. The support we get at Wisbech is fantastic and we couldn't ask for any more.
'They give encouragement when we are doing well, but also when we're not. They're our 16th man. The club are doing everything they can to push us forward which is brilliant.'
Wisbech are currently in the last eight of the south-east section of the competition. If they win their area final they will reach the semi final at national level.
Captain Tom Long could make his first appearance in the Vase this season after making his return from a broken thumb after a four-month lay-off a fortnight ago.
New signing James Hodgson will miss the game because he is playing rugby for the RAF.