Wharfedale to visit Lightfoot Green

Date: 21 April 2023

Hoppers welcome Wharfedale to Lightfoot Green for the last game of the season tomorrow afternoon.

The Yorkshire side sit 8th in the table but could potentially leapfrog Tynedale if they win and the North East side lose. Hoppers on the other hand come into the game 11th with a chance of finishing 10th above Sheffield.

Oga Mabaya

After a long and impressive career, prop forward Oga Mabaya takes the field for the 175th time tomorrow.

Oga first experienced Hoppers 1st XV rugby as an unused replacement on the 18th of September 2011 when Westoe were the opponents. He had to wait until April of that season before eventually taking the field as a replacement at Leicester Lions. The following week Oga started for the first time in a home game against Nuneaton and scored his first try in the next one at Hull.

To date he’s made 174 appearances, 49 of which as a replacement and in so doing has scored 6 tries, but goodness knows how many he’s saved over the seasons. This tally would probably have been a lot higher had Covid and a bad injury not intervened.

In 2018 Oga featured in a film made by former Hoppers Coach Garth Dew which explored his journey from Zimbabwe to Preston. Pleas check it out below.

Match Programme

Team News

1) Oga Mabaya (C)
2) Harry Thompson
3) Matt Woodward
4) Ewan Naylor
5) Ally Murray
6) Will Riley
7) Dec Norrington
8) Scott Richardson
9) Jake Squirrell
10) Will Hunt
11) Tom Lee
12) Jake Maher
13) Harry Swarbrick
14) Jacob Browne
15) Ben Pearson
16) George Orry
17) Tom Guest
18) Luke Procter
19) Harrison Moulding
20) Ed Keohane

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