STOURBRIDGE v HUDDERSFIELD - MATCH PREVIEW

Published: 13/10/2017

Following the fine 32-15 home victory against Luctonians, Harry Davey, Ollie Fox and Rian Hamilton are back with parent club Yorkshire Carnegie for the British and Irish Cup clash with Jersey Reds at Stade Santander in St Peter’s (which is played tonight).

Lewis is forced to make changes in the pack, too, because skipper Alex Battye is ruled out by a shoulder injury and second row Austen Thompson is unavailable.

Powerful Adam Tamanis and dangerous Ben Morrill – who performed splendidly as a replacement against Luctonians – are drafted in, while Field are boosted by the return of Callum Thompson (calf injury) to the replacements.

Talented hooker Francis Entressengle will captain the side at Stourbridge, who have won six out of six so far, scoring 231 points to 96, and are fresh from a 40-11 victory at Blaydon.

“There aren’t many bigger challenges in the league right now (than playing Stourbridge) but this is one of the reasons you play the game,” said Lewis, whose side have moved up to 10th with 13 points after tries by Lewis Workman (2), Hamilton and Malthouse against Luctonians and five successful kicks by Davey.

“It’s a great opportunity for the team to test themselves against the best and we will go there and give it everything we’ve got.

“There is a good buzz within the squad after the last few performances and, despite the changes, it is still a strong team.”

Field should be encouraged, too, by the fact Stourbridge defeated Luctonians by only five points when they played a month ago, winning 30-25 on home soil.

The West Midlands club boast some fine facilities at Stourton Park – where they played top-flight national rugby for 11 seasons and finished third in 2008 – and they have a capacity of 3,500.

They are now in their sixth season back in National II (Level 4), but have made a perfect start and picked up six bonus points.

For Field, Battye is not the only player nursing a shoulder injury, as Ben Hoyle and Adam Blades are sidelined with similar problems.

There was more encouraging news for Field, however, in that centre Mark Pease returned to training this week after ankle surgery in pre-season.

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