THE West of England division climaxes with a final featuring one of the most unlikely competitors.
Swindon St George have been competitive throughout the season but results eluded them until the very end when they won their last league game of the season at Somerset and qualified for the semi finals.
Then came the most dramatic upset of the season with St George recording a 42-36 win over unbeaten league leaders and defending champions Old Pats in the semi final that propelled them into the showdown with Gloucestershire Warriors.
The Warriors’ passage to the final came at the expense of Somerset Vikings and they will be confident of winning the game which could well be a classic.
They have already had two wins over St George this season but they would do well not to take the Wiltshire side lightly.
Head coach Ben Whincup said: “They have been competitive all season and we were certainly under a fair bit of pressure in the game here earlier in the season.
“They had a really bad off day in the return and I don’t think we can read much into that.
"They have some dangerous players in key positions and we need to be on our game right from the start to come away with it."
The sides also met in the 2011 decider, again after St George had upset the odds to qualify by beating Bristol Sonics away from home. The Warriors won the title comfortably, however, with a side that contained three players who went on to join the All Golds the following year.
For St George, victory would bring them their first title and following their win over Cheltenham, they will be confident of upsetting the odds once again.
The Warriors are chasing their fifth title but their first since that 2011 triumph.
Whincup added: “It’s a final and we cannot take anything for granted. But if we can get our best team out then I’m confident we’ll go OK.”
The Warriors are looking for players for 2015 and with some exciting developments on the horizon, it couldn’t be a better time to get involved.
Anybody who fancies giving rugby league a go should contact club chairman Mike Rowley on 07902 257511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org