South Molton are on their way to Twickenham for the final of the RFU Junior Vase after defeating Chipstead 12-10 at Unicorn Park in a nail-gnawing semi.
Molton will face Yorkshire club Old Otliensians, who won the northern section of the Junior Vase, at English rugby’s HQ on Sunday, May 6.
“It is something we weren’t expecting,” said South Molton player Reece Eury. “We kept having a laugh and a joke saying ‘we’re going to Twickenham’ but to actually get there has left most people quite speechless.”
South Molton had to dig deep to beat the Surrey side in muddy conditions.
The game was level at half-time with Chipstead captain Ed Bush putting his side 7-0 up with a try and conversion before Callum Stone cancelled that out with his own try and conversion.
Bush landed a penalty after the interval to put the visitors 10-7 ahead and that was how it stayed until four minutes before the end when veteran forward Dan Smith forced his way over the try-line for South Molton.
The visitors could have snatched victory at the death. They were awarded a penalty five metres from the try line. They went to tap and go, but knocked-on and the chance was lost.
“It really went right to the wire,” said Eury.
The trip to Twickenham follows Molton’s success winning the David Butt Memorial Trophy and the Devon One title. They are still in the Devon Junior Cup too.