Rugby Preview

PUBLISHED: 16:30 08 March 2012

More rugby action this weekend (Pic: Jagmohan Singh)

More rugby action this weekend (Pic: Jagmohan Singh)


Long trip for Romford

London Division 2NE

Lowestoft (10-0-8) v Romford & GP (16-0-1)

Romford face an early breakfast meeting before the long trip to the Suffolk coast this weekend.

But they showed a return to some of their best form in a 38-7 win over Hampstead last Saturday, when Perry Lock, Joe Howard, Charlie Wilkinson, Paul Bradley, all touched down at Crow Lane.

Park needed a late try from Joe Howard to beat Lowestoft in their earlier meeting this season but coach Mark Collins admitted it was not his side’s best display.

Matt Phillips and Phil Stockton cancelled out Lowestoft scores that day, before Howard touched down twice in the final 17 minutes to clinch a 22-15 victory.

London Division 3NE

Sudbury (7-0-11) v Campion (4-1-12)

Basement boys Campion gave their survival hopes a boost with a last-gasp win over Wymondham at Cottons Park.

But they were unable to make up ground on their relegation rivals as Newmarket and East London recorded unexpected wins elsewhere.

Campion travel to Suffolk this weekend and will be looking to complete a double over Sudbury, following their 27-14 win on home turf in November.

Another win could lift them out of the drop zone too, as East London visit leaders Holt and Newmarket entertain in-form Stowmarket.

Upminster (9-0-9) v Harlow (12-1-5)

Faint hopes of a top-three finish for Upminster were shattered by defeat at in-form Stowmarket last weekend.

Matt Munn scored twice, with Jamie Pavitt also touching down and kicking a penalty and two conversions in a 31-22 reverse.

The loss left Upminster 17 points adrift of their hosts, who are battling it out with Harlow for the runners-up spot behind runaway leaders Holt.

But they will be looking to redress the balance after a poor first half performance at Harlow saw them concede 24 points on their way to a 34-15 defeat in November.

Essex Division 1

Old Cooperians (5-2-7) v Bancroft (8-0-6)

Coopers had to come from behind three times before beating basement boys Writtle last weekend.

Greg Fox scored a brace of tries, with Rob Anderson and Dale Mussington also touching down in a 22-13 success.

And the old boys will look to keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive against their fierce rivals from Bancroft.

Cooperians were edged out 21-19 when the two sides met earlier in the season, but will be looking for a boost before their trip to leaders Old Brentwoods on March 24.

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