Maids will be doing their best to bounce back from a disappointing loss away to Exeter University last week, which saw them return home without even a bonus point to show for their efforts. Maids felt the full force of a 1st string Exeter Uni side, who don’t recommence BUCS League commitments for another week yet. The Students were good value for their win, and all at Braywick hope they can continue to cause a few upsets in this final stretch of the season, and hopefully assist Maids in their quest for that coveted 2nd place spot.
It’s another tough fixture for Maids, as a confident Exmouth side arrive from Devon, fresh from an impressive 43-32 victory over rivals Ivybridge last week. Their beefed up pack feature Nick Halse at hooker, who packed down at prop in the reverse fixture, and he is flanked by Shane Cooper, who was absent from the game in October, and new signing Charlie Tribble, who has recently joined from Taunton. Dave Bargent, normally back row, fills in at 12 this week, with normal inside centre Mark Wathes pushed to the wing, with player/coach Tom Whelan at full back.
There are a few enforced changes this week, but after impressing off the bench last week, Perry Jansen makes his first start since his latest holiday after the Bournemouth game. He took some time away from fancy lunches and dodging training to give us his thoughts…
Name- Perry Jansen
Nickname(s)- ‘Pel’, ‘Pel Fire’, ‘Pez’, ‘Pez Dog’, ‘Jerry Pansen’, ‘Perry Greenwood’, ‘Paolo di Canio’.
Position(s)- 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15
Strengths- Heads up (animal version), articulate, poaching eggs, being better than Jaryd, pace, taking holidays.
Weaknesses- following instructions, Flea’s belly button, kicking for posts, cold and wet weather, playing 2s, staying for the whole season.
Occupation- London restaurant critic.
If you could be any of your teammates, who would you be and why? Ed Keohane, what a guy. Couldn’t even get him drunk on his own stag do. Unbelievable at being hidden, not hiding from the PTC. Gets to miss games and go straight back in the 1s, all round good potato.
Which teammate would you least like to have over for dinner? Ryan Long. Be worried about what would be said to my Mrs when I wasn’t around. Sssssssslippery guy!
What hobbies do you have outside of rugby? Prank calling Dave Cole, looking after Pumba’s calves, surfing, golf, lunching.
Tell us something we don’t know about you- I was the first Indian child to attend Claire’s Court school.
What are your aspirations for this season? Push for that play-off spot, be a part of Maidenhead history, play 2 weeks in a row.
Maids Director of Rugby, Gareth Andrews-Jones, is delighted to clinch the signing of young back row forward Rod Muil, who will make his home debut from the bench this week, after moving from South Africa. Upon joining the club, Rod told us ‘Yar, it’s good to be here. I’m South African with a heart of stone. I’ll soon be starting at 8, with Cooley in the 2’s. Yar’. Rod has already endeared himself to his new teammates, by sticking around for the social last week, unlike his selfish cousin Todd, who hasn’t been seen for 2 weeks, but is probably off doing stuff with his other friends.
New signing Rod Muil is welcomed by DoR, Gareth Andrews-Jones
Alex French makes his first appearance of the season, that’s if he doesn’t leave shortly after starting, whilst Scott Prince is also back involved, following the completion of his ASBO for spitting at pensioners in Maidenhead High Street. Dylan Baptista misses out- he thinks everyone believes he’s injured, before then posting a picture of himself in Budapest earlier today, thus thrusting himself into the much-vaunted Sandpit Crew. On that note, Owen Langstone spends a week on the sidelines, after his tongue got stuck on the frosty bus window on Tuesday night, but fortunately Nigerian Nigel was on hand to help, after he struggled to find the exit to Braywick Park, following the return from Exeter on Saturday night.
Maids team (caps in brackets)
1. M Parrott (c) (196)
2. M Darlington (33)
3. A Darlington (34)
4. S Churchyard (90)
5. A Berry (15)
6. R Long (132)
7. W Macaulay (48)
8. D Cole (33)
9. P Jansen (87)
10. W Runciman (32)
11. A French (19)
12. C Broughton (5)
13. N Crosley (16)
14. S Prince (43)
15. O Foxley (11)
16. S Rawsthorne (8)
17. R Muil (2)
18. A Lubbock (14)
Come on you Maids!