Hartpury’s University Centre team will be looking to take their next steps on the road to Twickenham tomorrow in front of thousands of rugby fans tomorrow.
The senior side will be seeking to maintain their unbeaten run in the new BUCS Super Rugby competition – the new national league bringing together the eight best men’s university rugby teams in the country.
Having so far seen off Durham and Cardiff away from home and defending BUCS champions, Exeter, at Hartpury, they will now take on Northumbria in a feature match being livestreamed by Rugby Vertical on the BUCS channel at 6pm (November 2nd). You will be able to watch it here http://www.bucs.org.uk/superrugby/page.asp?section=19345§ionTitle=Live+stream and entry to watch the game on the main rugby pitch is free.
Northumbria’s fortunes could not have been more different to Hartpury’s so far and they are yet to pick up a win in the competition, but BUCS captain and Italy international, Seb Negri, knows that his team cannot afford to take their threat lightly.
“The standard in this new competition is much higher across than the board than we’ve experienced previously and we know that any of the teams are capable of springing surprises, regardless of what the ‘table’ says,” said the back row man.
“We are all looking forward to the game and we want to continue our momentum after taking three wins from three so far. But a big talking point myself and the coaches have touched on ahead of this game is complacency.
“Northumbria will be a physical outfit who like to play with ball in hand and we need to be at our best to get a good result.”
With Hartpury RFC unbeaten in National League One and the University Centre and College sides also having won every one of their games so far this season, Seb insisted the team do not want to be the first to blemish that perfect record, and that is a major motivator ahead of tomorrow’s game.
He added: “It has been a great start to the season but I feel we still have more to give and that we still haven’t hit our straps yet.
“The boys have shown a lot of heart and determination in defence over the last few weeks but it’s time we start putting some good attacking shape together.
“We are excited and hopefully there will be some good support on Wednesday to create a special atmosphere. That will be hugely important to the boys.”
Hartpury Director of Rugby, John Barnes, said: “The University Centre side have played three very different games so far, including facing the defending champions, and they have come through them all.
“I think kicking the season off with a win in a difficult game at Durham was brilliant for them. It’s a hard place to go and it gave them belief that they can go all the way to Twickenham. Team spirit is high and I know they are confident they can finish in the top two and secure a home quarter-final. They need the whole of Hartpury to get behind them though.”