Preview: Hartpury vs London Scottish

It’s a long awaited return to Green King IPA Championship Rugby for both Hartpury RFC and London Scottish. Both sides are coming off the back of defeats in their last league fixtures against Doncaster and Bristol respectively. Last time these two sides met it took a length of the field try in the final play of the match to eventually separate the teams and give Hartpury the spoils.

With regards to the table this game is absolutely crucial to both sides. Hartpury sit in the driving seat of this fixture with a 5 point lead over Scottish in the table, however a big away performance from Scottish could see the visitors draw level on points with hosts and claim their revenge for the reverse fixture. Victory for Hartpury could see them up in to 9th or even 8th place, should other results go their way.

Fortunately for both sides should they lose today, there is still quite a gap of between the both of them and bottom placed Rotherham Titans, however both teams will be looking to cement their place in the league.

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Harpury have made a number of changes to their squad to take on Scottish this afternoon. Perhaps most notably there’s a return to action for ex-England U20 scrum-half Harry Randall as well as lock forward Alex Craig.

Other notable changes for Hartpury include a new look ‘Kingsholm’ front row which sees Captain Dan Murphy and Darren Dawidiuk line up together for the first time in a few years. Dawidiuk today will make his first start in his return from cancer treatment at the beginning of the season.

On the bench ex-Bristol Rugby Captain Iain Grieve returns fit again for the first time in 2018 as well as a welcome return for Rhys Oakley.

Scottish have also made a few changes from the side that lost against Bristol last time out. Director of Rugby Dave Morris has opted for a large pack to take on Hartpury, with the long awaited return of Jonny Harris, as well as Ewan McQuillin and Isaac Miller in the front row. James Tyas returns to the second row to partner Oli Curry.

However Ben Mosses and Ross Neal will link up for an incredible fourteenth time this season in the centre while Craig Holland comes in at full-back.

Ex-Bedford Blues fly-half Jake Sharp makes his return to the Scottish bench after a hamstring injury he picked up in the match against Ealing Trailfinders. Matt Marley and Joe Luca Smith will also lineup on the bench following the heavy defeat in the Bristol game.

Kick off is 2:30pm at Hartpury College.

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