Leeds Beckett host Hartpury in BUCS Super Rugby
17 January 2017 - Simon Gaskell
Leeds Beckett University return to BUCS Super Rugby action when they take on high-flying Hartpury College at West Park Rugby Club on Wednesday (7pm).
The Gloucestershire outfit are second in the table, level on 37 points with leaders Loughborough with a game in hand.
The home side are still hunting a first win in the competition but can take heart from the reverse fixture in November when they pushed Hartpury all the way – leading 20-5 at one stage before eventually being defeated 30-23.
Leeds Beckett University Rugby Programme Manager Kerry Wood said: “We’ve had some time off over Christmas and recharged the batteries. We’ve had a good couple of weeks of preparation so the boys and the coaches are looking forward to it.
“We know where we are; We are at the bottom and doing everything we can to get off there and put some positive results in. It doesn’t really matter who you play, everyone’s tough. Obviously they are a form team but we are looking forward to it.”
Kerry emphasised the need for Leeds Beckett to maintain a performance for the full 80 against Hartpury – something they have consistently struggled to do this season.
“Looking into our last eight fixtures, at the 65-minute mark we have been within three to seven points including Hartpury,” he added.
“I’m sure they are going to come out firing at us and know they are in for a tough fixture themselves.
“We are looking forward to having them at our patch. It’s an evening kick-off at West Park and hopefully we will have a bit of support that can make some noise.”
Leeds Beckett University squad to face Hartpury College:
15. David Mcilwaine 14. Charlie Venables 13. Tom Bullough 12. Ben Dixon 11. Olly Hutson 10. Ben Smith 9. James Elliott 8. Josh Longson 7. Jack Barnard 6. Tom Collins 5. Guy Borrowdale 4. Martin Dodds 3. Rory Mason 2. Harry Newborn 1. Conrad Cade
16. Callum Sheldon 17. Ryan Eveleigh 18. Xavier Valentine 19. Sam Cartwright 20. Judd Newell 21. Harri Collier 22. Dan Leake