MALVERN are just three wins away from Twickenham as they host Leek in the RFU Midlands Intermediate Cup semi-finals on Saturday (2pm), writes Marcello Cossali-Francis.

Stadio Spring Lane, as it is known by the club, hosts the eagerly-anticipated tie as Malvern look to continue their brilliant season and earn a spot in the regional final.

Should they reach the Midlands showpiece, Rob Cook's men will then be just two games away from a trip to England's home of rugby where the National Intermediate Cup is to be contested.

Director of rugby and fly-half Cook, the former Gloucester player, says his side are excited to perform on what is set to be a huge day for the rugby club.

“The squad is really looking forward to putting in a performance on Saturday and looking forward to the event,” he said.

Malvern, currently third in Midlands Two West (South), host a Leek side who are also third in their Midlands Two West (North) division and Cook is expecting a fiercely-contested battle.

“Leek are a strong team and will be tough opponents,” he said.

Following a two-week festive break Malvern have returned to action with two bonus-point wins to kick off the new year and despite the weather affecting training sessions Cook is confident the team are in good nick.

“The boys have come back fresh and ready to go," Cook said.

“Two bonus-point wins has shown this.

"The weather hasn’t helped but we have been training at F3S (gym) when the weather is bad to maintain and improve our fitness.”

Malvern’s aim for this campaign was always to gain promotion and while they are on track the cup has captured the local support and provided welcome success on and off the pitch.

“It’s great for the club to have extra games and it’s a bonus that it’s a cup match,” Cook continued.

“The cup run has provided an added bonus for the lads and it’s a carrot for them to perform again.”

The club has opened its doors for free for the game, something that reaped rewards in the quarter-final, to boost the crowd and help profits for the club in general.

Cook added: “Free admission means that more people get to see what we are doing as a club and it does more for the club as whole.

“It’s a great day and opportunity for the club.”