Underdogs Caldy welcome Championship bound Coventry
Championship bound Coventry visit Paton Field with an air of caution knowing any underestimation
of Caldy could result in upset.
Many established National One sides have visited the wooden hut on the hill and all of them have
been surprised by the maturity, the physicality, and the fearlessness that this Caldy side can bring.
Especially on home mud.
It took a last minute penalty for Darlington Mowden Park to steal victory from Caldy in a scrappy yet
thrilling 8-10 match.
Loughborough Students were sent back to their drawing boards and text books after a 71-14
massacre in the blustery conditions of the North West coast.
High-flyers Plymouth Albion and Ampthill felt the full force of a hungry Caldy pack as they both
staggered to the finish line to take home the points.
So this is no easy task for the visitors, even though on paper it would seem like a routine win.
Coventry have won all but one of their games this season and bring with them a wealth of
experience worthy of championship level and beyond. The likes of Sam Tuitupou – once of Sale
Sharks – compliments a stunning backline which helped contribute to Coventry reaching the 150 try
mark in their 48-13 victory last week.
It will be a very different playing environment this week however.
Come 3pm on Saturday – a muddy pitch and a wooden hut to change in, along with local pride and a
partisan atmosphere may take some getting used to for the professionals from Coventry.
Simon Verbickas has picked the following side:-
PARKER, STAGG, SALISBURY, GRAY, COLLISTER, HEARN, OTUTAHA, CROWE, JONES, HAYES, HIBBERD,
BANKS, JONES, ROYLE, ROBERTS SUBS: WHITTAKER, CONCU, CROSS, DIXON, TISDALE
The 2 nd XV are also at home this weekend as they entertain Chester in a re-arranged game which
sees a league and cup double as the prize. The game was due to be played at Chester but due to
pitch availability it is now at Caldy with a 2.45 kick off. Chester have been superb all season and
rightly sit at the top of the league with only two losses. The added bonus of a win this weekend is
that the winning side will also progress to the cup final which has eluded Caldy for a number of
seasons. Good luck to all involved.
On Sunday, the Junior Festival takes place with teams from all over coming to play in what is always
a great day of rugby with everyone having a great day which starts at 11am. If you are free on
Sunday please come down and watch the future of rugby club in the north west compete for the
coveted titles. 27 sides in total will be visiting Paton Field.
The Minis are away this weekend due to the junior festival please check with your age groups to find
out exactly where you are playing.
Wherever you are this weekend, please enjoy your rugby