That Friday Feeling!
An undeniably mouth-watering weekend for rugby fans is finally upon us. International rugby has returned to grace our televisions and Caldy are returning to Paton Field as they welcome 12th place Hull Ionians.
The trip to Coventry ended in a 38-14 defeat seeing Caldy come away with nothing after a valiant performance that, at moments, had the travelling away support believing in an upset.
Many teams have gone to Coventry, who look certain to storm national one and play their rugby in the championship next season, and suffered defeats with substantial scorelines. Teams such as Loughborough, Blackheath, and Birmingham Mosely all fall into this category, with Coventry’s noteworthy financial banking being too much. The narrative was different for Caldy.
A strong start to the game saw Louis McGowan go over to stun the league-leaders, putting an end to any talk of slow starts. Another superb Gavin Roberts performance kept Caldy on Coventry’s tail as he converted kicks and added a try to the proceedings.
With the score at 26-14 for large parts of the second half, Caldy can leave knowing they pushed Coventry to another level.
Points must begin to be picked up again, however.
Head coach Simon Verbickas has earmarked Saturday’s game against Hull Ionians as a must win with the visitors having a torrid time on the road and the team in need of points.
“The last two games has seen us play well and come away with nothing in terms of points,” Verbickas said. “We have taken a lot of confidence from many aspects of the performances and believe that this weekend, with improvements to how the team perform over the full 80 minutes, we can get the ball rolling once again.”
A strong home victory against Cambridge for Ionians adds to the importance of the fixture with Caldy looking to leapfrog their opponents into 12th with a win.
It looks to be a game in high attendance on Saturday with the autumn internationals complementing what looks to be a hard-fought contest between Caldy and Hull Ionians.
Simon Verbickas has selected the following squad for a 2pm kick off
PARKER, STAGG, SALISBURY, GRAY, SANDERS, CROWE, DAVIDSON, DICKINSON, PILGRIM, HAYES, JONES, OTUTAHA, JONES, ROYLE, ROBERTS SUBS: COLLISTER, WHITTAKER, MCGOWAN, CROSS, BANKS
Caldy 2nd XV are at home to Macclesfield (kick off 1.30pm) and have already faced Macclesfield this season back in September at Macclesfield in a high scoring game. Our boys managed to secure the win by 54-24 which is rare against Macclesfield away who are always a strong 2nd XV outfit. Following on from last weekend’s superb win against Chester, the 2nd XV will be hoping to put more pressure on Chester who still sit on top of the league by two points. Macclesfield are 4th in the table and will provide another stern test in what is a very tough and gruelling league this season.
The 3rd XV had an excellent win last weekend at home.
The Senior Colts were edged out by Sale FC away last weekend and this weekend have a rest weekend. The Junior Colts were at home last Sunday against Stoke and managed to earn a win and this weekend the Junior Colts face one of the best sides in Cheshire, Lymm away from home looking to avenge their defeat earlier in the season.
The Under 16s and Under 14s are at home to Sandbach and the Under 15s and Under 13s are away to the same opposition.
In the minis section, the Under 7s, 8s and 9s are away against Chester and the Under 10s, 11s and 12s are at home against Chester.
Don’t forget the internationals will be shown in the clubhouse over the weekend.
Wherever you are this weekend, please enjoy your rugby!!!