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Match Preview: A Crunch Clash With Rams

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Our first game of December sees us take on league leaders Rams in a top-of-the-table fixture in Reading on Saturday.

This time last year, a league leading battle with last season’s runners up was not something we would be discussing at great length at the Brickfields, but things are slightly different this term.

We sit just four points off Rams after the opening 11 games of the season, and much like our hosts, we come into this weekend off the back of an eighth win.

A fantastic late showing against Birmingham Moseley last Saturday saw Robin Wedlake and Jake Bond go over the whitewash to secure four points that kept us in the conversation with Rams and Chinnor.

We have claimed 14 points in our last four games, taking at least one point in each; valuable points have been added to the tally since the break.

Rams have won three of their last four, including victory last weekend away at Blackheath. Their most recent defeat arrived a week before our loss at the hands of Richmond – they were beaten by Sale up at Heywood Road.

Team News:

Following a superb performance off the bench against Moseley last week, Callum Davies is set to earn his first start as an Albion player at Prop, while Gabe Mead replaces the suspended Harry Wilkinson.

Sam Daly moves to Blindside Flank, while Brad Howe remains at Number 8. Tom Putt starts at Scrum-Half for the first time this season, and Phil Jones comes back in at Fly-Half.

We welcome Tom Cowan-Dickie and Jake Clemson back into the squad after injury spells – they’ll go from the bench on Saturday afternoon. They will be joined there by Jenson Boughton, Morgan Stone and Connor Eastgate.

Torin Clarke and Sonny Hirini are on standby if needed.

The Team In Full:

  1. Dan Pullinger
  2. Gabe Mead
  3. Callum Davies
  4. Hallam Chapman
  5. Dan Collier
  6. Angus Hodges
  7. Sam Saly (C)
  8. Brad Howe
  9. Tom Putt
  10. Phil Jones
  11. Robin Wedlake
  12. Archie Hill
  13. Jesse Lowe
  14. Pita Ratukadreu
  15. Craig Duncan

Replacements:

  1. Tom Cowan-Dickie
  2. Jenson Boughton
  3. Jake Clemson
  4. Morgan Stone
  5. Connor Eastgate
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