In our final league match of 2015, we host Wiltshire-based Trowbridge RFC to the Braywick Bowl. Maids followed up an excellent bonus-point victory over Newbury, with a disappointing loss away at Swindon 7 days ago, with unavailability and injuries in the backline no doubt, a large factor. Credit must go to Swindon however, who punished our inexperience.
Trowbridge suffered a heavy defeat away at Towcestrians, but for 60 mins, the game was close, and Maids know they have a stern test, against a side that did the double over them last year. Trowbridge’s Lloyd Davies at 10, is an experienced game manager, and his kicking skills will surely be a threat for the visitors.
This week, we welcome back Bart, Finnie, Jansen and Heron, with Will Cadden replacing the injured Ross Muil at openside flanker. We caught up with the young Maids heart-throb, Muil, this week for a chat;
-You’ve had some excellent performances this season, it seems like you’re really enjoying your rugby at the moment?
Yes I’ve really felt part of the team from the beginning this season. The team has had some excellent performances helping me to learn a lot and improve my individual game on a number of levels. I’ve really enjoyed the experiences with the rest of the team not just on the pitch but everything that comes with it.
-Do you feel as though the club is moving in the right direction?
In terms of the club moving forward I’ve seen a lot of growth this year. The pre-season was excellent and this was highlighted in the first few friendlies of the season and carried forward through the season being unbeaten in our first seven games. The club has definitely moved forward with new players taking interest and outstanding results from all the teams which we haven’t seen for a number of years. Our new coach has also given us a new way of thinking, bringing in new techniques and ways of learning which I feel has benefited the club.
-What do we need to do, to beat Trowbride tomorrow?
Regarding the teams’ game tomorrow against Trowbridge, we have a strong side out with players returning from injury, bans etc. I would expect this unit to work well together to reflect the strong run at the beginning of the season. In terms of the steps we need to take to ensure we win, we need to find that unity we had at the start of the season, where we were winning, because we worked together, we were confident in each other to try new things and not miss tackles and that improved everyone’s performance. In order to have this success, a solid base needs to be rekindled between every teammate and this will give us patience in defence as well as that spark in attack and hopefully reflect in the upcoming result.
On the bench, Paul Savage replaces Lee Rawlings, while Levi Meek, back from University, keeps his place on the bench. Tom Simpson has his cat’s nativity play, so misses out, and forwards coach Mark Bates is expected to be late, after his annual Xmas tear-up on Friday night.
Maids team –
1/Parrott (c), 2/Jones, 3/Britton, 4/Churchyard, 5/Emmanuel, 6/White, 7/Cadden, 8/Holden, 9/Childerhouse, 10/Jansen, 11/Davies, 12/Skelton, 13/Bart, 14/O’Keeffe, 15/Finnie, 16/Savage, 17/Meek, 18/Heron
Come on you Maids!