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RUGBY PREVIEWS: Saltash and Tavistock make changes for rearranged match

SALTASH and Tavistock will play their rearranged Cornwall/Devon League game at Moorlands Lane on Saturday.

The original game two weeks ago had to be abandoned due to a serious injury to Tavistock’s Rhys Davies, who was airlifted to hospital.

At the time Saltash, looking for their first win of the season, were leading 5-0.

Both clubs were beaten last weekend – Tavistock suffering only their second loss of the season, going down 17-5 at Withycombe, and Saltash going down 47-20 to high-flying Topsham.

The Ashes will have a much different team out this weekend to the one that travelled to Exeter last Saturday.

Ryan Rayner, Lewis Wells, Chris Carpenter, Joe Ronayne and Lewis Woolaway are all set to come into the pack, with the powerful Devon Bennett-Murray switching to number eight, while Jay Moriarty, Ryan Wilson and James Smith-Jones are set to come into the backline.

Tavistock are likely to welcome back Jamie Legg to the back-row, with PJ Wilcox returning to scrum-half and Jack Easton going to fly-half. The Moorlanders could also hand a debut to Rob Grove.

“Saltash started well against us last time,” said Tavistock’s player-coach Hammy Kerswill. “They threw the ball around so we need to play more attention to maintaining possession and how we defend.

“But we felt we had the nudge up front in the set-piece.

“I think it will be a cracking game and likely to only be one score in it.”

Tavistock’s seconds are also in action when they travel to their Plymstock Albion Oaks counterparts for a Devon Merit Table and Ellis Trophy double-header.

Oaks’ first team are set to play the Plymouth Medics in a Lockie Cup game at Horsham Fields (3pm).

Plymstock will not know what to expect from the Medics as the students have only played one game so far in the Devon Merit Table – a 90-0 win over a makeshift OPMs II side.

Oaks are also far from full strength this weekend with a lot of players unavailable.

“It is a tricky game,” said Oaks’ player-coach Aiden Taylor. “But it should be a good day as we have the colts and seconds at home too.”

Tamar Saracens’ abandoned Devon One and Lockie Cup match with Old Techs will not take place this week. Instead that has been rescheduled for November 13.

In the Devon Merit Table, Plymouth will play the University of Plymouth at Stonehouse Creek (2pm).

The students have made a great start to the season with two wins out of two. They have comfortably beaten Tavistock II and DHSOB.

“It will be a real challenge as they are very strong and had a couple of good wins,” said Plymouth Fijians’ Mike Freeman. “But I am sure the Fijian boys will also be a test for the students as well. It should be a good game.”

Plymouth Fijian are hoping to make a day of it to celebrate their national day.

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