With the ever increasing success and interest in league rugby over recent years the profile of the Essex Senior Cup has waned. Although the junior cup competitions continue to be well supported the premier competition has suffered with the county’s top clubs generally committed to league campaigns often with promotion battles firmly in their sights as the season draws to a climax. It’s apparent that the distraction of a cup competition at this point is unwelcome and participation has dwindled significantly.
In an effort to address this, the county cup committee has both considered and consulted on how the competition might be reinvigorated. A few administrative tweeks have been made but importantly the cup final will in future be played at the start of the next season as part of the pre-season program and the rounds played at an earlier stage so that the season run in for all participating clubs will be distraction free.
On Saturday 26th of August by virtue of the toss of a coin, Westcliff will host the first such final against Southend RFC. The clubs have mutually agreed that the game will be played between the clubs second XVs The Lions and The Priors. Competition between these two well matched sides has been regular and intense in recent seasons with each side enjoying success at times and disappointment at others. It’s anticipated the final will be no different and a fine advert for local rugby between the county’s two highest ranked sides.