Primed for a big day out at Welford Road

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BURY St Edmunds Rugby Club’s under-10s’ players and fans are gearing up for their big day out at Welford Road on Sunday as they take on Derbyshire side Melbourne in the final of the Prima Tiger Cup.

The youngsters booked their place in the final at the home of Leicester Tigers after knocking out Rutland side Oakham, the defending champions, 2-0 courtesy of tries from Harvey Hempstead and Harvey Williams.

The Prima Tiger Cup is a national contact tournament run by Leicester Tigers and supported by Loughborough-based Prima Solutions.

Bury are now just one of two teams remaining from more than 50 that entered this season’s tournament, which began in the autumn with a series of regional festivals.

Coach Dave Mountford spoke of the excitement that is building among players, parents and supporters ahead of their final encounter.

“We will be setting off early on the day and have about 100 supporters coming across and it should make for a great atmosphere,” he said.

“We have gone from one coach for the quarter-final at Welford Road to a double-decker bus and now we are on two coaches for this trip.

“The whole squad are massively excited about coming back to Welford Road for a third time, there’s excitement and nerves in equal measure.

“At the semi-final there were a few parents who we weren’t sure if their hearts could take it.

“The level of excitement has gone up for the final. We’ve not only got parents and siblings coming but grandparents, school teachers and head masters coming along.”