Match Preview- Maidenhead v Oxford Quins (away)

Match Preview- Maidenhead v Oxford Quins (away)

Buoyed by a superb derby result over Reading at Braywick last week, 55-14, Maidenhead visit Oxford Harlequins to face the only side that have left the Bowl this season with a victory, coming away 8-3 up in October.

After a slow start to the season, that result kick started Quins, which has seen them on a superb run, losing only 3 of their last 13, which includes an impressive unbeaten tag at their new home, Marston Ferry Road. However, one of those defeats did come last week, where they were beaten by league-leaders Towcestrians, 34-3 away. Led by the imposing figure of second row, Allan Purchase, Quins will be looking to keep their home record intact against a Maids team that has struggled on the road recently.

One man, keen to help transfer the away fortunes of Maids, starting tomorrow, is Perry Jansen, who pulled his hamstring in the return fixture v Quins, earlier in the season. We caught up with him this week, to gather his thoughts;

-another superb performance from you last week- you look like you’re really enjoying your rugby at the moment?

“Loving the rugby at Maidenhead this season, I feel that we really are getting the right to play the expansive game of rugby that suits our player base, whilst still having structure. It would be nice to get the nod to take over the kicking responsibilities when Finnie is away once in a while, but letting Jaryd making a fool out of himself is priceless, even when he does leave 15points on the pitch. However, it is not just the on-pitch enjoyment that I am loving at Maids – all the squads meet in the club house, have a few beers and stay on into the night. It is a true team environment and this is shown throughout, everyone is playing, training and doing their best to up each other’s games (pretty sure I even saw Batsey helping Cadden with his alphabet the other day).”

-how do you think we transfer home form, into victories away from home?

“I think we need to get our forwards into the game earlier than what we have been doing away from home. Keep everything tight for the first 20 minutes then asses where the areas to attack are. One key thing, is believing that we can take our home game form to these away games and finish the chances that we create.”

-what are you expecting from the team at Oxford tomorrow?

“Keeping the game a lot tighter than what we have done in the previous away games. Playing a hard running, clinical game through both the forward and the backs. We have spoken about upping the communications throughout the team, and I think this will mainly be coming from Chilli and myself directing the right areas of where to play. I think overall we need to go into the game with the right mind-set that it is a must win game for us and we need to back ourselves in everything that we do.”

This week, Maids welcome back Tom Finnie to the starting line-up, and also Phil White, who proposed to his girlfriend in Rome last weekend, but was embarrassingly turned down. Chris  Holden return to the bench, after completing his community service and behavioural lessons for ADHD, whilst Jaryd Robinson is away Ten-Pin Bowling.

 

Maids team:

1/Parrott (c), 2/N. Jones, 3/Britton, 4/Emmanuel, 5/Greenergrass, 6/White, 7/Cadden, 8/Long, 9/Childerhouse, 10/Jansen, 11/Day, 12/Heron, 13/Bart, 14/Skelton, 15/Finnie, 16/L. Jones, 17/Holden, 18/Gallina

Oxford Quins:

1/Sharpe, 2/Edney, 3/Boulton, 4/Purchase, 5/Neal, 6/Latu, 7/Battson, 8/Alston, 9/O’Brian, 10/Watkinson, 11/Etheridge, 12/Fisilau, 13/Dimond, 14/Yeats, 15/Robinson

Come on you Maids!

MATCH PREVIEW – MAIDENHEAD V READING (HOME)

MATCH PREVIEW – MAIDENHEAD V READING (HOME)

It’s Derby Day! Old adversaries Reading, make the short trip across Berkshire to the Braywick Bowl this week, to play in front of potentially, the largest crowd of the season. Kids go free this Saturday, and there will be a curtain-raiser, followed by a guard of honour, from the U9s.

Although beaten by league leaders Towcestrians last time out, Reading put up a brave fight, and will no doubt put up tough resistance for Maids, as they look to fight off relegation. Maidenhead come off the back of a lethargic 23-8 defeat at Witney, but will be hoping their recent excellent home form continues. However, as the cliché goes; form goes out of the window on derby days…

The ‘Green Machine’ as they are known, will be steered by 17 year old Matt Smart at 10, whose impressive kicking display versus Tows, nearly got them the points. Chris Greig on the wing has scored plenty of tries this term, despite Reading’s lowly league position, whilst evergreen Sean Kenneally lines up in the second row, in what is likely to be his last match against Maids.

Maids feature Jon Heron at 12, who will be celebrating his 50th cap this week, and we caught up with the hard-hitting centre, to gather his thoughts-

Congratulations on your 50th cap! What’s been your favourite moment in a Maids shirt so far?

“Cheers, means a lot! There have been a lot of great moments with Maids, but the first game I played at a senior level after returning from university was fantastic. That sense of pride putting on the shirt at the club where rugby started for me will always stick with me.”

What do you expect from Reading tomorrow?

“It’s a big derby for us and the same stands for Reading. Reading will be hungry to try and turn around there away form too so I expect them to come firing out of the blocks. What’s important for me though is that whatever Reading team turns up is that we play our game, at our tempo and dictate play.”

What are you expecting from us?

We should definitely be coming into this game with confidence with our performances at home, but I’d like to see us re-establish our dominant defence from early in the season that led to a lot of success. It’s important we look to build off that. If we can do that and keep cool heads in this Derby we should be putting a marker on ourselves to shut Reading out.

We wish Jon all the best in his 50th outing, and look forward to watching him go on to get a century.

Maidenhead welcome back Matt Burke to the back row today, who is back playing after the recent arrival of his second child, whilst Alex Gaylina returns on the bench. It is thought this may be Alex’s last appearance before December, as he doesn’t want a black eye for the Xmas photos. Sadly Ross Muil broke his arm in the defeat at Witney, and Phil White is absent, making his debut in an amateur cage fight. We extend a big welcome to Henry Day, who makes his debut on the bench, after joining from Henley Hawks.

Maids team:

1/ Parrott (c), 2/ N.Jones, 3/ Britton, 4/ Churchyard, 5/ Emmanuel, 6/ Burke, 7/ Cadden, 8/ Long, 9/ Childerhouse, 10/ Jansen, 11/ Skelton, 12/ Heron, 13/ Bart, 14/ Abiven, 15/ Robinson, 16/ L.Jones, 17/ Gaylina, 18/ Day

Reading team:

1/ Roberts, 2/ Lynch, 3/ Smith, 4/ Kenneally, 5/ Davies, 6/ Baker, 7/ Macnaughton, 8/ Cranton, 9/ Dorliac, 10/ Smart, 11/ Greig, 12/ Czernauszka, 13/ Gilmour, 14/ Williamson, 15/ Murray-Smith, 16/ Nicol, 17/ Witko, 18/ Cunningham.

Come on you Maids!