Rugby Preview

PUBLISHED: 15:35 01 March 2012

More rugby action this weekend

More rugby action this weekend


Romfomrd host Hampstead

Saturday (3pm)

London Division 2NE

Romford & Gidea Park (15-0-1) v Hampstead (11-0-6)

Title-chasing Park got back to winning ways with a 53-19 home triumph over basement boys Beccles last weekend.

But coach Mark Collins is expecting a much tougher battle against Hamsptead at Crow Lane.

Park needed a late try from Rhys Davies to claim a 12-11 win in north London when the two teams met in November.

Both sides went into the clash with 100 per cent records, but Park emerged with an eighth successive victory after Jack Ford’s first-half try was converted by Louis Stevens.

They stretched that run to 14 wins before finally tasting defeat at Basildon and lead the division by seven points.

London Division 3NE

Campion (3-1-12) v Wymondham (6-0-11)

Campion dropped to the bottom of the table while inactive last weekend.

East London’s shock 49-26 win over Stowmarket lifted them out of the basement at Campion’s expense and the old boys are running out of time to avoid the drop.

They lost 29-11 when these two sides met in Norfolk in November, but bounced back to win two of their next three fixtures before Christmas.

Campion have not played for the last three weeks, though, since their 31-11 defeat at Newmarket and will need to blow the cobwebs off quickly.

Stowmarket (11-0-6) v Upminster (9-0-8)

Upminster will be looking to bounce back after suffering their first defeat of 2012 at Wanstead last weekend.

They had beaten Holt, East London, Wymondham and Sudbury since the turn of the year to haul themselves up the table, but went down 43-12 after an ill-disciplined display.

November’s home meeting with Stowmarket ended in a 47-26 reverse, but Upminster will have been heartened to see their rivals lose at bottom club East London last weekend.

A revenge victory in this return meeting would give Upminster renewed hope of overhauling their opponents and clinching a top-three finish.

Essex Division 1

Writtle (0-0-13) v Old Cooperians (4-2-7)

Cooperians could only field 13 men in last weekend’s 30-22 defeat at Upper Clapton.

Adam Kain and Alex Reed have left the club to join Southend, while Terry Snooks has gone to Brentwood.

But they are hoping to take an 18-man squad to bottom club Writtle this weekend, after a big turnout at Tuesday night’s training.

Cooperians won 56-17 when these two sides met at St Mary’s Lane earlier in the season and Writtle have extended their losing streak to 13 games, conceding 38 points on average.

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