ROSSENDALE V HRUFC PREVIEW

Published: 07/04/2017

Huddersfield RUFC, travel to second in the table Rossendale, this Saturday and hope to extend their unbeaten league record to 25 games.

Despite winning the league title, last weekend with a win against local rivals, Cleckheaton, Huddersfield still boast a 100% record in National Three North, with two games remaining.

Although, last Saturday was a massive occasion for the club, head coach Gareth Lewis isn’t taking Rossendale lightly, Lewis said, “Last Saturday was a fantastic day for everyone connected with the club, but that has now gone and we are extremely focused for this Saturday’s game.”

Huddersfield won an entertaining game, in the reverse fixture 22-5, with fly-half Chris bell kicking four penalties and a drop goal.

Lewis said, “Rossendale are a very good team and are well coached, posing a huge challenge for us. The game back in December was a tough, but one the lads really enjoyed. We are expecting that once again.”

Scrum-half, Joel Hinchliffe is unavailable for the tip to Rossendale, with means Olly Scrimshaw slots into the role.

Ben Hoyle, returns to the back row after missing last week’s game tot Cleckheaton with an ankle injury.

Adam Malthouse, who scored a brace last weekend, keeps his place in the second-row, alongside Austen Thompson.

Adam Tamanis, still remains out with a Neck injury, however, he is pushing to be fit for the last game of the season against Sandal in two weeks’ time.

Mark Pease, remains out for the rest of the season with an Ankle injury.

Rossendale, who beat strugglers, Firwood Waterloo, 41-12 last weekend are currently second in the division. Although Huddersfield have already won the division, Rossendale will be hoping to end Field’s unbeaten record.

Starting XV:
15. Danny Grainger
14. Elliot Knight
13. Lewis Workman
12. Tom Owen
11. Kristian Sharples
10. Chris Bell
9. Olly Scrimshaw
8. Nick Sharpe
7. Lewis Bradley
6. Ben Hoyle
5. Adam Malthouse
4. Austen Thompson
3. Alex Battye (Captain)
2. Fran Entressengle
1. Callum Thompson

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