Match Preview: 1st XV v Jersey Reds. Sat 1st May, 1.45 Kick Off

Ampthill welcome old friends Jersey Reds to the GRANGE Jaguar-Land Rover Bowl tomorrow looking to keep their recent run going and attempt to make their record “three from three” for the first time in the Championship this season.

Head Coach Paul Turner refreshes the pack following a physical encounter at The Mennaye Field last weekend. Saracen’s pair of Sams – Crean and Wainwright start at prop with in-form Syd Blackmore giving Wardy another rest!  Recent performances earn Billy Johnson and Jac Arthur their first starts this season with Ollie Stonham in the back row. Last week’s Man of the Match Aleki Lutui is among the replacements with Dave Ward, Jamie Jack, Alex Humfrey and Carl Burgess.

Only two changes in the backs this week.  Joe Roberts has returned to Scarlets following completion of his loan so Saracens Josh Hallett earns his starts alongside last week’s try-scoring debutant Richard Streets.  Matt Marsh rotates with Jonny Law alongside captain Louis Grimoldby.

Ampthill RUFC and the Greene King IPA Championship are supporting the BT Sport “Draw the Line” campaign this weekend boycotting social media from 1500 on Friday 30th until 2359 on Mon 3rd May. Saturday’s game Kicks Off at 1.45pm and is available on a livestream through the RFU at

The full squad

15        Anderson, Cameron                                          16        Ward, Dave
14        Brown, Will                                                         17        Jack, Jamie
13        Hallett, Josh                                                        18        Lutui, Aleki
12        Streets, Richard                                                  19         Burgess, Carl
11        Foster, Will                                                           20        Humfrey, Alex
10        Grimoldby, Louis (Capt.)                                  21        Bryan, Sam
9          Marsh, Matt                                                         22        Bennett, Russell
1          Crean, Sam                                                           23        Sage, Jarryd
2          Blackmore, Syd
3          Wainwright, Sam
4          Beckett, Charlie
5          Jones, Llewelyn
6          Johnson, Billy
7          Arthur, Jac
8          Stonham, Ollie

Director of Rugby, Mark Lavery comments “Whilst the moons aligned to help us achieve the biggest win in our club history last Saturday, we will have to rely on getting our processes and decision-making right to get anything from the Reds who are hitting some form themselves! They gave us a lesson in expansive rugby at Dillingham Park last season and we again hope to improve on that result.”

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