RICHMOND LOOK FOR FOURTH HOME WIN ON THE BOUNCE

 

Director of rugby Steve Hill has named a strong side to host Doncaster Knights on Friday at The Athletic Ground.

Richmond stunned Yorkshire Carnegie 31-20 in their last home league outing, way back at the start of October, and Hill has called on his squad to continue the impressive home form that has seen them win their last three matches at the Athletic Ground.

Doncaster, sitting fourth in the GK IPA table, will offer a stern test to Richmond’s home form, though, despite going down 46-29 to Cornish Pirates in their last league outing.

Having had a two week rest, Hill’s men will be raring to go under the Friday night lights in front of what is set to be a raucous home crowd, and five forwards on the bench mean Richmond will be ready to take it to the Knights up front.

The pack contains just a single change from their last league encounter, as hooker Ross Grimstone makes his way into the starting side, joining ever-present props Jeremy Cunnew and Craig Trenier in the front row.

Skipper Will Warden leads the side from the second row, where he packs down alongside Chris Davies, while a back row of blindside Jesse Liston, openside Jack Allcock and No 8 Jake Parker will want to carry a lot of ball once again.

Winger Jono Woodward was man of the match in Richmond’s most recent home victory, a convincing 35-5 B&I Cup win over Rotherham Titans, and he retains his starting berth. Fellow winger Jordan Simpson-Hefft and full-back Rob Kirby make up the rest of the back three behind a familiar back line.

Half backs Luc Jones and Freddie Gabbitass will marshal the team against what is set to be a solid defence with Ronnie McLean and Cameron Mitchell once again paired in the midfield.

Will Goodrick-Clarke, Jason Phipps and Joe Tarrant provide front row cover that will be vital against a Knights’ pack that has been performing well in the set piece of late. Max Crawford and Toby Saysell, meanwhile, add more forward power from the bench.

Versatile backs Rhodri Adamson and James Swan make up the rest of the bench as Richmond look to climb the table in Round Eight.

"We are aware of just how tough this Friday's match against Doncaster will be,” said Hill. "The challenge is to reproduce the intensity and discipline seen in our last three home matches which have resulted in victories for this Richmond team.”

RICHMOND TEAM
15 Rob Kirby
14 Jordan Simpson-Hefft
13 Cameron Mitchell
12 Ronnie McLean
11 Jono Woodward
10 Freddie Gabbitass
9 Luc Jones

1 Jeremy Cunnew
2 Ross Grimstone
3 Craig Trenier
4 Will Warden
5 Chris davies
6 Jesse Liston
7 Jack Allcock
8 Jake Parker

16 Jason Phipps
17 Will Goodrick-Clarke
18 Max Crawford
19 Rhodri Adamson
20 James Swan
21 Toby Saysell
22 Joe Tarrant