DIRECTOR of rugby Rob Cook expects Malvern’s “toughest test yet” of the season in the RFU Midlands Intermediate Cup quarter-finals on Saturday (2pm).

They welcome Midlands Two East (South) high-fliers Northampton Old Scouts to Spring Lane with a bumper crowd anticipated.

Scouts have already beaten Earlsdon 47-5 and Barker Butts 33-7 in the previous rounds.

Malvern received a home walkover against Leamington after winning 38-22 at Camp Hill.

Cook said: “We have had a good start to the season and played some good rugby.

“We know that this game against Northampton Old Scouts will be our toughest test yet.

“I look forward to an entertaining game and hope we get a big crowd to cheer us on.”

Malvern chairman John Holden said: “This is a great day for the club against a team we haven’t played before.

“We look forward to literally open our gates to the local community, inviting them to come and cheer the team on.”

Malvern are hosting a sponsors’ lunch and also offering free entry to the match for spectators.

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