Rugby previews – Blues hope to profit at Market

Kettering head to Market Bosworth this weekend looking to extend a decent run that has seen them win three of their last four games.

The Blues will definitely be without Joe Newman because of injury while James Taylor is also unavailable.

The rest of the squad remains from the one that beat Peterborough so comfortably last time out.

The second team are also in action and face another tough test.

Having performed well against the higher-ranked Ampthill side last week they have a challenge against Broadstreet 2nd.

Rushden & Higham head to fellow Midlands Three East (South) promotion hopefuls Rugby St Andrews.

“It’s back to the nitty gritty,” Riding continued after their Senior Vase success last week.

“They rested about eight players in the cup last weekend (a 42-23 loss at Willenhall) so their priority is obviously on the league.

“We knew at the start of the season they would be one of the teams up there.

“They’ve got some good players and it will be a tough game.

“But we’ve also got some boys coming back and we’re probably taking our biggest squad in terms of physicality.

“We’ve got the toughest four weeks of our season coming up with some really big games.

“Thankfully our squad is really good and it is becoming hard to pick the team now.

“We’ve got some second teamers who have stepped up really well and it has been difficult to tell a few people they can’t just walk back into the first-team any more.”

Oundle travel to Swifts for what they are billing as their most important game of the season.

“The win is a minimum target or the gap between us and a promotion place will be in the hands of others,” said skipper Joe Rice.

“The lads were rested last week and training has been going well so we are looking forward to a good performance.”

The side has a new look with Ben Milborne starting at scrum-half as Nick Cobley is injured.

Toby Snelling is also rested as he is in action for East Midlands Under-18 the next day. Gareth Jacob comes in from the wing.

The other main loss is the unavailable Chris Woodford.

Coach Pete Croot added: “I think it is important we have the best 15 players on the pitch, the team are all together, and with a strong bench as well, we are learning to adapt our game plan.”

After winning last week, the seconds are looking for a second league win at home.

Wellingborough face a challenge if they are to build on their improved form.

They head to second-placed Leighton Buzzard in Midlands Two East looking to add to their win over Old Scouts last time out.

However, Buzzard have won five of their seven games so far this season.

However, Corby’s task appears be even tougher. Rock-bottom in Four East (South) and without a win, they travel to leaders Brackley who have claimed victory in every game – with a bonus point – for a maximum 35 points.

Things should be easier for Stewarts & Lloyds in Three East (South)as they go to inconsistent Queens.