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13
League
1st XV

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By Si Davies
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This week we travel to Thornensians in a quest to further solidify our status within the league.

Following Sheff Meds' shock annihilation of Skipton last weekend, we slipped down a place in the league to 12th, 8 points above Baildon.

Although not firing on all cylinders, we have managed to grind out some crucial results in recent weeks. Hopefully, if we all turn up with the right mindset then this could be a good day for the wolfpack in South Yorkshire.

From the last fixture, the front row of Martyn Booth (who doesn't travel), Nick Jackson and Rich Lister remains unchanged.

Alan Justham is unavailable this weekend so up steps Freddie Armstrong to partner Sy 'Big John' Hill in the 2nd row.

In the back back row, we welcome Andy Fuller back into the frey after a lengthy period away from 1st XV action due to injury. He starts as blindside flanker with pack leader Chris Chapman at openside and Jonny Mackey at number 8.

Having failed a fitness test at training this week, Stu Wilson is not available but Adam Bishop (who was man of the match in the last game) comes in to fill the scrum half role. He will have captain Ollie Catherall outside him at stand off.

There are changes in the centres this weekend with Louis Barrett moving into inside centre while the versatile back rower Mikey 'Little John' Dolan comes into outside centre.

The back 3 of Jamie Sykes, Lewis Myers and Harley Stevenson-Cocks continue to work together in their respected positions.

On the bench we welcome Lewis Eastwood back after a period off due to delayed concussion. He is also joined by Jonny Hiles who has missed a number of games due to work commitments. We will also hand a 1st XV debut to another product of our junior section in 17 year old Dan Marchbank. Steff Newport swaps his lacrosse stick for his rugby boots as he comes in to offer cover in the backline while Crusaders Captain James Underwood will cover multiple positions.

Remember we are back to 3pm kick offs this weekend.

See you there,

Si

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Match details

Match date

Sat 02, Mar 2019

Kickoff

15:00

Meet time

12:00

Competition

Yorkshire Division Three

League position

5
Thornensians
12
Aireborough