Weybridge Vandals are on the verge of promotion with skipper Tony Couzens leading the way (From Surrey Comet)
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Weybridge Vandals are on the verge of promotion with skipper Tony Couzens leading the way
Dominant: Weybridge Vandals’ James Laubser grabs possession from the lineout during his team’s 40-0 thrashing of Winchester on Saturday SP75264
Weybridge Vandals skipper Tony Couzens is hoping history can repeat itself on Saturday as his side go in search of London Division Three South West promotion.
Vandals humbled league winners Winchester 40-0 at Brownacres on Saturday, leaving them needing a win from this week’s final clash to be certain of securing second place in the table and automatic elevation.
Third place Purley John Fisher can still pip head coach Nick Ridley’s men to the runners-up spot, but they have to win their two remaining games with bonus points and hope Vandals slip to a heavy defeat at relegation threatened Old Wellingtonians.
Vandals won at the old boys on the final day of the season four years ago to win the league and Couzens is confident lightning can strike twice, providing his men take it one step at a time.
“For us to say we need to beat Winchester and then go out there and win, with a bonus point, and block them out by doing everything we said we’d do, is brilliant,” said the captain.
“Wellingtonians is a tough fixture. The last time we got promoted from this division we had to win at their place on the final day, which is kind of ironic.
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“If they need to win next week to stay up, which it looks like they do, they will call in everyone they have got and it will be a battle.
“We need to forget about today and forget about what has happened this season.
"We must play like we know we can and focus on beating them, then focus on bonus points and tries after that. It is one step at a time.”
Vandals beat Old Alleynians on the final day of last season to avoid the drop by the skin of their teeth, but have turned their fortunes around this term in dramatic fashion.
“It has been a great season,” added Couzens.
“We’ve added a few players to the squad, but we are still a really young side. The average age of the squad can only be 22 or 23 years old.
“The lads have listened to the coaches this season and we have really grown up, which has been great to see.”
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