IT'S the biggest game staged at Clifton Park for several years.

And York RUFC will be hoping to be the architects of another giant-killing act by beating formidable Morley in the fourth round of the Intermediate Cup tomorrow.

York come up against last year's winners, and a North One side who have won all of their nine league games this season - conceding fewer than 50 points.

It's a huge ask, and the Clifton Parkers will take on the West Yorkshire club missing a couple of their regular first-team players.

Victory away at North One stalwarts Altrincham Kersal in the last round of the competition has proved York can cut the mustard.

However, the performance will need to be on a totally different level to the insipid display that resulted in a 24-0 defeat at Pontefract last week.

York will be banking on another huge effort from the front five, who pressured and starved Altrincham Kersal of any meaningful possession.

Much will depend on Kiwi Cory Wallace, Rob Allen and Simon Humphries being able to achieve at least parity in the scrum, as York look to counter their powerful opponents. Elsewhere, Rob Sparrow's absence will be a major loss, as will the strength and guile of Fijian winger Billy Cakaunitabua, but Nathan McBride - who picked up a hat-trick against Selby earlier in the season - is a more than adequate replacement.

Skipper Andy Kay (pictured) will play at number eight, while scrum half - and key man - Graeme Smith returns to anchor the half-back combination with Carl Paterson.

Club chiefs will be hoping the penalty count will be low and that the lineout, a source of constant worry so far this season, can stand the pressure of Morley's aggressive locks. But with James Rossington and Brad MacDonald in place, York will feel confident of competing.

Morley dispatched Altrincham Kersal with ease in North One, following the latter's York defeat, and only second-placed West Park have come close to matching their superiority - going down 23-16 at home last week.

But there's a mood of optimism around York this week, and skipper Kay said the lads were determined to put on a show.

"We all aspire to play in games like this and, although it will be our hardest and most intense test of the season, the boys are excited at the prospect at another crack at a North One opponent," he said.

"We let ourselves down last weekend and are determined to put in a performance on Saturday that reflects the breadth of talent that the squad possesses."

Updated: 11:21 Friday, November 25, 2005