RUGBY UNION: Good start is a must, says Chinnor chief

8:00am Friday 29th November 2013

By Mark Edwards

MATT Goode has demanded his Chinnor team start quickly in their National 2 South game at London Irish Wild Geese tomorrow.

The head coach admits he has been disappointed with his side’s opening in the last few matches, and knows it must be rectified.

“We need to start with a high intensity because we haven’t done that of late.

“We can’t expect to win games if we are giving teams a ten-point head start.

“So the message will be to start with pressure from the first whistle.”

Goode thinks Chinnor are showing sides too much respect in the early exch-anges, something he wants to alter.

“We almost want to see how our opponents play and then try to impose our game on them,” he said.

“But we need to dominate from the off and prove we are one of the top sides in our league.

“We seem to rely on our fitness and know we’re good in the second half, but we need to be better.”

Chinnor, who lost 36-28 at home to Southend last week, make one change to the squad with Ricky Hopwood returning after a shoulder injury.

Henley Hawks will be without Jaryd Robinson for their National 1 game at Worthing.

The winger is playing in the Dubai Sevens, and is replaced by Liam O’Neill.

Ryan Newman comes in for Ryan Long, while Josh McNally has recovered from an ankle injury and will partner Will Woodward in the second row.

Oxford Harlequins look to maintain their 100 per cent South West 1 East record when they travel to Maidenhead.

Simon Chadbone comes in for his first start of the season at prop, replacing the unavailable Pete Boulton.

Mike Lee comes into the back row.

Quins edged to a 21-17 win over Oxfordshire rivals Grove last week and head of rugby Steve Chadbone wants a better display this week.

“We know we under-performed last week and we are looking for an 80-minute performance this week with a higher tempo.”

The match takes lace on Maidenhead’s 3G surface.

“The ball does bounce a bit differently and it’s fast – but that will suit us,” he added.

Grove will give several players late fitness tests before naming their team to play Reading.

“We picked up a few knocks and will wait and see who is fit before finalising our side,” said manager Phil Rennie.

“It was a really close game last week and it just shows how far we have come and that we can play with the best of them.

“We go into every game looking to win it and will take the same attitude this week.”

Captain Jez Hicks returns for Witney’s trip to Windsor.

The flanker comes back into the starting line-up in place of Tim Muller, one of three changes.

Centre Matt Clarke replaces Robbie Mills, while Thom Murton gets the nod on the wing.


Henley (v Worthing, away) Nutt (capt), Andre, Allen, Wells, O’Neill, Comben, Carter, Maddocks, Brennan, Penny, McNally, Woodward, Dwyer, Newman, R Stapley. Reps: Milford Scott, Stev-enton, Ashmore, C Stapley, Baggett.

Chinnor (v Southend, home): from Mountford,  G Blewitt, Fielding, Millett, Marston, Cathcart, Jones, Titchard-Jones, Townsend, Winpenny,  Mowbray, Smith, Gilbert (capt), Harrison, Stock, Whelan, Williams, Hastings, Goode, George, Angell, Barnes, Hopwood.

Oxford Harlequins (v Maidenhead, away): Seals, Johnstone, Walsh, Fisilau, Mott, Hilton, Jones, Marshall, Rodrigues, Chadbone, Brown (capt), Purchase, Lee, Selby, Bennett. Reps: Barlow, Ward, Cope.

Witney (v Towcestrians, home): Lambourne, Murton, Clarke, Strutt, Monks, H Lamb, G Campbell, Richens, Copperwheat, Richardson, Mortimer, Bennett, Hicks (capt), C Campbell, Rowles. Reps: Burke, Mills.

Grove (v Reading, home): from R Sevier, Carr, N Sevier, Bellinger, G Nicholl, Maryon, Gustafson, Eckert (capt), Dixey, Lane, Miles, Haire, Young, Wells, Gratwohl, Peel, Lewis, Wiltshire.


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