Albion welcomes an informed Cambridge side to the Brickfields in a game where fireworks are all but guaranteed. After winning three of their last four games, Albion are starting to find their feet while the visitors are unbeaten in their last six. With similar results through the campaign to date and plenty of tries being scored the stage is set for the whitewash being crossed a fair bit!
Cambridge make no bones about the fact their pack are a serious weapon where Hooker Benjamin Brownlie scores tries for fun on the back of a dominant maul. Indeed, he is currently the top try scorer in the National first division and has a few hattricks already to his name. There is no doubt a huge onus will be on the Albion tight five to stand up to the challenge coming their way.
After the smash and grab win at Chinnor last week there Albion will certainly need a full eighty-minute performance to keep up their own winning form. Albion’s three tries in the last four minutes last week will certainly be of concern to the visitors who are notorious for scoring their points early but conceding a few later on.
Looking to the Albion eight and Ramaz Rukhadze remains at Loosehead after a very strong showing over Premiership Veteran Soane Tonga’uiha last week. Equally impressive was housemate Shek Sherrif who compliments the warhorse Dan Collier in the second row, missing Ed Scragg who has been recalled by Cornish Pirates. George Mills returns from Covid quarantine at the expense of Ayden Hurst who drops from the matchday 20 as Torrin Clarke steps up as second row cover on the bench.
Out wide Seta Raumakita rejoins Jeremy To’a in the midfield and Conor Eastgate returns for his run on return as 10 after a long injury layoff. With bottom club Tonbridge Juddians next week, there is real optimism that the ocean cities finest have a real chance to move up the table after the inauspicious opening few weeks.
Speaking of the game, head coach Damian Welch said “We are looking forward to welcoming Cambridge to brickfields as it will be a good chance to test ourselves against a team who are on a great run of form and have a good strong game which is working well. The boys have worked hard this week at a good intensity and have recovered well after a good away win full of effort and commitment. The key for us as a young squad is to put repeat performances together and that is the challenge for Saturday”
By Chris Bentley