This Saturday (December 5th), Maidenhead look to reverse a disappointing run of 3 consecutive defeats, when they host Newbury Blues, brimming with confidence after their impressive 13-5 victory against Towcestrians a week ago.
This week, we catch up with new recruit, Christoph Bart, who has caught the eye, with some impressive performances already this term;
-having previously played at a higher level, in Nat 1, what made you want to come back and play at Maids?
“Maidenhead is where rugby started for me so I have a lot of old friends in the club. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Henley but with injuries affecting my performance I wanted to take a step away from such a serious level of rugby and focus on enjoying the game. There was only one place I was going.”
-are you enjoying yourself so far?
“Absolutely, we’ve had a great start to the season and everyone seems to be buying into the new coach Russ. It’s been great to be back at the club and I appreciate how welcoming everyone has been! Although we have had some results go against us in the last few weeks I have no doubt that we will be finishing in the top half of the table this year and enjoying doing it!”
-what do we need to do against Newbury this week, to return to winning ways?
“I feel like we have to really test ourselves and take ourselves out of our comfort zone. We have had some bad results recently and it’s easy to fall into the routine of getting knocked back. On Saturday we need to come out of the changing room with some urgency about us and play with pace and flair for 80minutes. We started this season with a winning streak and put hard work in to do so, now it’s time to put the work in to get back to those ways. We should be crawling off the pitch on Saturday with a W in the bag!”
In the Newbury line up, Maids will have to keep a keen eye on their pacy back division, led by skipper and 13, Dan Thorne. In the pack, the ever-present Graeme Stewart starts at tighthead, with Ben Hicks in the loose head shirt.
There are returns to the Maidenhead starting XV this week for Chris Holden and Paul Britton upfront, while the backs are bolstered by the return of Mathieu Abiven, who missed the Windsor game when his bike got a puncture on the way.
1/ Parrott (c), 2/ Jones, 3/ Britton, 4/ Emmanuel, 5/ Churchyard, 6/ White, 7/ Muil, 8/ Holden, 9/ Childerhouse, 10/ Virgay, 11/ Davies, 12/Heron, 13/Bart, 14/ O’Keeffe, 15/ Abiven, 16/ Kingsley, 17/ Burke, 18/ Evans
1/ Hicks, 2/ Drysdale, 3/ Stewart, 4/ O’Shea, 5/ Doel, 6/ Stewart, 7/ Love, 8/ Winfield, 9/ Piggott, 10/ Trevaskis, 11/ Denner, 12/ Herriot, 13/ Thorne, 14/ Futcher, 15/ Bartlett, 16/ Sanders, 17/ Davis, 18/ Thorne
Come on you Maids!