Date: Sunday 19th April
Venue: Parc Dyffryn Pennar, Mountain Ash
It’s still no wins this year for South Wales, as Mike Grady and his side welcome unbeaten Oldham to Mountain Ash.
Last Time Out
London Skolars finally got a first win of 2015 at the South Wales Scorpions.
Despite breaking the deadlock, two tries in five minutes put Jermaine Coleman’s side in the lead and despite the Scorpions levelling the game a try from Anthony made sure the visitors had the lead at half time. A scrappy second half saw the Skolars score two unanswered tries for the victory.
Nine day removed from a dream win against Oxford, Coventry went down 38-10 to Oldham, their third defeat in six weeks at Whitebank.
A rampant Roughyeds side raced into a 32-0 lead before the loan duo of Matt Reid and Josh Gudzek crossed to get the Bears on the board before conceding again late on in the game.
Mike Grady will put Bradley Mais straight in after arriving on a month’s loan from the All Golds and has handed a recall to Samoan Tala Petelo after missing the past three games. Ian Newbury, Morgan Evans and Anthony Symons are all unavailable.
Scott Naylor has no fresh new injury concerns for his side’s longest trip of the season and could bring back faces he rested last time out against Coventry after what was a third game in nine days.
The scrum halves provide an intriguing tale in this one as Paul Emanuelli and Steve Roper are both experienced campaigners who lead their respective sides around the field.
What The Coaches Say
South Wales Scorpions Head Coach Mike Grady: “London just made less mistakes and played the smarter rugby but in the first 20 minutes we were outstanding. We were 6-0 up and the boys did everything I asked of them and then we just went away from it.
“We need to build on that 20 minutes I suppose and give it a good go against Oldham, which is going to be tough. I’ve got to prepare the boys as best as possible and keep asking them to give it 100 per cent and see what happens.”
Oldham Roughyeds Head Coach Scott Naylor: “The journey is probably one of the main factors it’s the mental thing of travelling for so long, then getting there and having to play rugby at that kind of level. It’s something we speak about and focus on.
“We try and make it as easy and as comfortable as possible. When you get there you’ve got to forget about it and get on with why you’re there, which is to win a game of rugby.
“I’ve got a fully fit squad. I had six regular first team lads who did not play on Sunday so I’ve got some decisions to make for the game against South Wales.”
As much as I’d love to say the Scorpions will shock Oldham in this one, I’m afraid it will most probably be one way traffic in South Wales – Oldham by 20