CONFIDENCE is high in both Tenbury and Clee Hill camps ahead of Saturday’s massive Midlands Vase semi-final between the sides.

Clee Hill boosted their Midlands Four West North promotion push by beating second-placed Rugeley 29-10.

And Tenbury – unbeaten this season – won 34-7 at Stourport to maintain a four-point advantage at the top of Midlands Five West North.

The sides meet at Tenbury’s Palmers Meadow this Saturday with a Midlands final spot on the line – and a trip to Twickenham for the national final not far off in the distance.

Clee Hill skipper Sam Link said: “It’s going to be interesting. Tenbury haven’t lost this season but we haven’t lost since October 6.

“It’s never easy going there. But we’ve had a very good start to the New Year, scoring four tries against second the league and we will give Tenbury everything we’ve got.”

Tenbury director of rugby Andy Black says his side will take confidence from having beaten two Midlands Four level sides – Old Wheatleyans and Claverdon – to reach the regional final four.

He added: “This is a step up for us, without doubt, because Clee Hill are a good side.

“But we have stepped up to the mark when we have played tough opposition previously – we have earned the right to be here. We have nothing to lose and hopefully we can prove ourselves again.”

Tenbury triumphed at Stourport with tries from Greg Powell, Callum Spires, Ben James, Paddy Waite, a penalty try and two conversions from Zach Thompson.

Clee Hill, meanwhile, closed to within five points of second-placed Rugeley with tries from Dennis Prescott (2), Dan Romeo and Richard Wozencroft, who also added a penalty and three conversions.

Cleobury Mortimer remain just two points off the Midlands Three West North relegation zone after a 14-5 home loss to Burntwood, while Bishops Castle won 20-5 at Church Stretton in Midlands Five West North.