8:00am Friday 28th March 2014
By Ed Mezzetti
OXFORD Harlequins will be crowned South West 1 East champions tomorrow if they can secure a bonus-point victory at home to Maidenhead.
That would take Quins to 101 points, with nearest rivals Towcestrians only able to reach 100.
Fly half Zac Norris replaces Ralph Jones, with Spencer Goggin moving to scrum half, while flanker Will Clayton comes in for Charlie Ward.
No 8 Seisoni Tupou avoids suspension because both his yellow cards in last week’ defeat at Grove were for technical offences.
“We lost to Maidenhead first time around and we know what they will offer,” said head of rugby Steve Chadbone.
“We just want to get the title done and dusted and get the recruitment started for next year.”
Harry Carr misses Grove’s trip to Reading to have an operation on his nose.
Wing Carr, whose last-minute try earned them a 29-25 victory over Oxford Harlequins, sustained the injury early in the campaign and is now out for the season,.
Connor Bant replaces Carr, while Henry Day moves to centre. Nick Sevier switches to fly half.
Prop Jamie Burke, wing Dave Hyde and centre James Monks come into the team for Witney’s trip to Windsor.
Hooker Adam Copperwheat continues as captain in the absence of Jez Hicks.
Oxford Harlequins (v Maidenhead, home): Hilton, Etheridge, Lee, Fisilau, Robinson, Norris, Goggin, Marshall, Si Chadbone, Boulton, Brown (capt), Purchase, Battson, Clayton, Tupou. Reps: Edney, Ward, Johnstone/Neal.
Grove (v Reading, away): Lewis, G Nicholl, Clipsham, Day, Bant, N Sevier, J Chivers, Eckert (capt), Dixey, C Chivers, Law, Miles, Young, Wells, Gratwohl. Reps: Wallbridge, Walsh, Johnson.
Witney (v Windsor, home): Clarke, Beasley, Monks, Strutt, Hyde, H Lamb, G Campbell, Burke, A Copperwheat (capt), Richens, Mortimer, Bennett, Muller, C Campbell, Rowles. Reps: Lambourne, Calley, tbc.
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