HRUFC v MORLEY PREVIEW

Published: 18/11/2016

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On the back of thrashing Stockport 87-0, Huddersfield RU will look to make it 11 wins from 11 at home to Morley this Saturday (3pm).

The Field ran in thirteen tries away last weekend and coach Gareth Lewis knows that his unbeaten side can be even more clinical at Lockwood Park.

“We allowed things to drift a bit once we got the bonus point at Stockport,” said Lewis. “We missed out on at least five try scoring opportunities and as a result there have been things to work on this week.”

“We have competition for places that allows us to rotate and keep our squad fresh as the big games keep on coming. We expect a tough local derby and they will be smarting from last week’s defeat against Firwood Waterloo.”

Morley sit second bottom at the wrong end of the National North Three table and haven’t won since an opening day 25-3 victory against Stockport.

Hoping to end a nine-match losing streak, the Leeds side do have four try bonus points and a losing bonus point to their name, but lost 25-30 at home to Firwood Waterloo last weekend.

The last time the two sides met was back in January 2014 and Elliot Hodgson, like he has four times already this season, ran in a hat-trick to help the Field win 26-21 as they were later promoted. 

Away from the pitch, the first team players have been coaching the age grade players since September and Lewis believes that the positivity is breeding positivity around the club which has helped the team’s 100% start to the season.

“We are playing some pretty good stuff at the moment. The whole club appears to be buzzing, right the way up from the age grade under 7’s on a Sunday morning through to the first team, so we are looking forward to the home support once again. They have been terrific so far.”

Team news:
Lewis has made some changed to his team, with Lewis Bradley and Danny Grainger returning to the starting XV.

Harry Whitfield also makes his first start as tight head prop and Ben Morrill returns to his favoured position as hooker.

Alex Battye and Frances Entressengle are unavailable for the match whilst Adam Tamanis remains side-lined with injury. Mark Pease  and Nick Rhodes return to the bench after lay offs with injury.

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