There are two huge English Clubs Championship games in the city on Saturday.
Borough entertain Belgrave at Fengate and should get the bonus-point win they need to clinch the Midlands Division Two East (South) title while Peterborough Lions take on Birmingham at Bretton Park in a crunch National League Division Three game. Both fixtures kick off at 3pm.
Borough were relegated from Midlands Division One at the end of the 2010-2011 season and a big crowd is expected to watch them return to the higher level as champions.
And there’s no denying they are worthy champions. They’ve lost only once in the league all season - 14-10 to Oadby at Fengate on the opening Saturday of the season - and have produced some sparkling 15-man rugby.
They’ve amassed a whopping 763 points in 18 games and, barring a monumental upset, will be crowned champions with three games to spare.
Borough won 59-0 against Belgrave in Leicestershire in November and, although the club say they’re expecting a tough physical encounter, they should chalk up another handsome win.
Borough coach Lee Adamson said: “We will not be underestimating our opposition on Saturday. Belgrave will present us with another massively physical confrontation, and we will need to be on our toes to handle anything that they throw at us.”
The Lions are also on a magnificent run of form. They’ll be hoping for a 10th win on the trot against Birmingham and if they achieve it they’ll remain in the race for promotion with just three games to go.
The Lions’ last defeat was actually against Birmingham back in November and they were unlucky to lose 18-10 in the Midlands. Both sides scored two tries and it was only goal-kicking that made the difference.
City MP Stewart Jackson will be present at Bretton Park on Saturday to officially open the club’s new dressing rooms before the game.
On the team front, Lions expect to have Andrew Dewdney, Adrian Enwright and Alex Iannou back after injury but will be without Marius Andrijauskas, who is serving a three-match ban after getting sent off for striking a Syston opponent three weeks ago.
n Borough Ladies finished their home league programme on a record-breaking high at Fengate on Sunday when stunning Stockwood Park Ladies 108-0.
Abi Martin (4), Hailey Robinson (3) and Steph Warlow (2) were the leading try-scorers while Mel Fulcher converted 13 of the 16 tries.