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RUGBY UNION: Chinnor get top backing
10:30am Friday 2nd November 2012 in Rugby
Chinnor may have lost to Hartpury College last week, but head coach Jason Bowers would be content if his team maintain the same standard away to Dings Crusaders tomorrow.
“We played well,” said Bowers. “Hartpury are a really strong side, so I would be quite happy if we could replicate that performance.”
Bowers does not envisage making any changes to the side that went down 22-8.
“Dings will be strong opposition, but they pose different threats from Hartpury,” added Bowers.
Following their 85-3 hammering of Barking, leaders Henley Hawks make six changes for their home clash with Canterbury.
Jim Hadfield starts at tight head in place of Hugo Milford Scott, who is on the bench.
Matt Payne is not available, so Will Woodward takes over at blindside flanker. Regular openside Ryan Newman returns.
Ali James is back at outside centre, so Martin Nutt reverts to full back and Neil Baggett drops to the bench.
Richard Briggs returns at left wing.
Henley will be expecting to make it nine wins out of nine this season.
Oxford Harlequins face a stiff task in their bid to move away from the foot of National 3 South West.
Tevita Vaikona’s young side entertain second-placed Weston-super-Mare.
Hooker Ryan Harris comes in for his debut as Witney visit third-placed Swindon in South West 1 East.
He replaces Russell Todd, who suffered a knee injury in the 51-11 hammering of Swanage & Wareham.
Chinnor (v Dings Crusaders, away): Colver, Swailes, Fielding, Stoop, Corpe, Cathcart, Hopwood, Winpenny, Hoyland, Berry, Mowbray, Smith, Harrison, Sawyer, Kava, Mountford, Millet, Stock, Pickett, Hughes.
Henley Hawks (v Canterbury, home): Nutt, Andre, James, Wells, Briggs, Comben, Shaylor, Maddocks, Dwyer, Hadfield, Winterbottom, McNally, Woodward, Newman, Stapley. Reps: Milford-Scott, Penny, Clements, Cannock, Baggett.
Witney (v Swindon, away): from Monks, Strutt, J Lamb, Murton, L Collins, Carlsson, H Lamb, G Campbell, Burke, R Harris, Calley, Richens, Rowles, Bennett, Haire, Muller, C Campbell, J Hicks (capt).