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Whitchurch v Burton RFC: Match preview

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

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BURTON RFC first team manager Steve Briggs believes that the club’s recent poor run of results was just a blip.

The Crofters travel to Whitchurch tomorrow, kick-off 2.15pm, for the first of three successive away trips, looking to build on last weekend’s 74-8 victory over Berkswell and Balsall, a result that ended a run of three defeats in four games.

And Briggs said: “After the three losses, it was good to get back to winning games – the side had a good balance to it and they implemented what the coaches had asked them to do.

“Those three defeats were a blip – we had a few injuries and the coaches were trying new things.

“And we had the two league games won and let it go.”

Whitchurch are eighth in the table, but have an impressive record at Edgeley Park, and Briggs said: “They are a bit of a bogey team for us but we are looking forward to it.

“October was a tough month for us, and it looks like January is going to be as well.

“But if we are in the same position at the end of the month, we will be doing well because we’ll have played some tough teams away from home.”

Briggs and co will again shuffle the pack, with Tom Murphy replacing Charl Neethling at prop and Will Brooks in at lock for Joe Gazzard, who is being tried in a new position and will play for the A team this weekend.

Coach Nick Adams said: “With the games coming up away, it’s opportunity to rest a few players to keep the squad fresh.”

New signing Tom Harris moves to blindside after impressing again in the victory against Berkswell and Berkswell, while Joe Briggs retains his place at openside flanker with Ben Cook on the bench.

Darryl Banton is suffering with a neck injury, but says he is fit. If the coaches decide not to risk him, youngster Jack Walford – who has progressed through the ranks at Peel Croft – will step in at scrum-half.

Dave Archer has a knee twinge but has been in the gym doing weight training and should feature, while Ian Gilmour will continue at fly-half as Luke Peach is a long term injury.

Ed Henry and Jason Knight are still struggling with shoulder injuries and Lee English is still out, but Ben Burchill returns to A team duty after two weeks out, and Kelvin Browne also nearing a return.

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