Caldy away for 2nd XV

Date: 25 November 2016

Hoppers have another tough task on Saturday as we travel deep in to Scouse territory to play an inform Caldy 2s team. Its been a great season for them so far as they sit second in the table to Macclesfield. as they have won 9 out of their 11 performances. They also have their heads held high after a close win at home last week to Sale 2s, so the Hoppers lads i’m sure are preparing themselves for a tough day at the office.

For Hoppers, after a very good week of training and a good number of availabilities, we have the fortune of naming a squad that we believe can challenge and go for the win. Great strength in depth from the squad ensures that we have key players in key positions too.

In the pack, Dan Burns returns to the fold after with fellow prop partner Tyler Sloane. They support the talented hooker Matt Beaty who will looking to get the set piece working well. In the row, Johnty Wilson skippers the team and partners the youngster and future star Jack Granby, who has recently been selected for the North of England U18s training camp. In the back row, Matt Frings brings a wealth of experience on the blind side, at 7 Jack Edwards continues to improve and knock on the door for the 1st team whilst the influential Sam Gale steadies the pack and brings us go forward ball at 8.
In the backs, Jack Swarbrick takes the scrum half role this week and shows how versatile he is. The 2s welcome back Will Hunt in the fly half jersey after impressing with the 1s for a few weeks. There is no doubt he is a star in the making and he will be looking to manage the game well from the start. In the centres, Olly Yates and Jack Swarbrick look to give us plenty of options in attack and defence, whilst our three quarters of Ollie Kitchen, Callum Foster and Jake Ellwood give us great options in attack too. There is even more firepower on the bench as Harry Holden covers the front row, Corey Logan is welcomed back in to the fold after injury and will be eager to impress and Dom Aspinall completes the lineup and will again feel unlucky not to be starting and will want to impress when he comes on.

We are under no disillusion that this will be a tough day at the office, but for us we feel we have prepared and trained well, and we are excited about the opportunity. Heads on fellas, see you tomorrow!!

Paul Moran

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