Paviors ready for Bournville Battle
Coach Rutherford bullish despite underdog title.
Paviors travel to play Bournville this weekend for what is one of the biggest games in the clubs 90 year history. The winners of this one-off playoff fixture will be promoted to the National Leagues next season.
Which ever way you look at the task that is facing Paviors this weekend it is a massive one. Playing at home in itself is a big advantage for the West Midlands side, but the hosts also finished their Midlands 1 West season with a massive 118 league points, having lost only two games all season and scoring an impressive 1092 points along the way.
Pavs will certainly enter the game as massive underdogs, but as Head coach Myles Rutherford is first to acknowledge in games like this labels count for nothing.
"Ultimately we have nothing to loose - 80 mins of rugby against a side no one expects us to beat, a side that we will have to play our best rugby of the season to come out on top of".
"Over the course of this season we have played our best rugby against the best sides when there is something to play for. Being underdogs suits us perfectly. Come 3pm Saturday it will be up to the players to do their job and prove that they deserve to be playing at a national level".
Bournville have made a rapid rise through the leagues over the last few years relieing heavily on overseas players. However, since moving to Birmingham Univsersity they have recruited a high caliber of UK based players. Player/coach Rod Petty has represented Australia at both age grade and senior 7's level and last season was playing for Birmingham and Solihull Bee's. He joined Bournville in the summer on a two year contract. Meanwhile ex England U21 number 8 Nic Southern (who played against Pavs for Derby several seasons ago) spent the previous season captaining Coventry. Southern even signed a new 2 year deal with Coventry before deciding to rejoin Bournville.
Rutherford concludes "We have recorded and analysised two of Bournville's recent games and think we know what to expect". "Bournville have quality players in their ranks and we know they are a good side. But we certainly wont be travelling to make up the numbers. We are going to Bournville to win"
Kick off at the The Munrow Sports Centre on the Birmingham University Campus is 3pm