Barbarians bid to stay with division two's unbeaten teams

By Tony James   |   Reporter   |
Friday 19th November 2021 10:13 am
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Minehead number 9 Jack Claydon is struggling with a mysterious injury

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MINEHEAD Barbarians end an enforced two-week break with a home game against Tor in Somerset Premier tomorrow (Saturday, 2.30pm).

The Babas, who are lying third in the table, beat Stothert & Pitt 16-7 away last time out, while Tor slumped 75-17 away to Hornets three weeks ago.

A small gap has appeared between the Babas and the top two sides - Nailsea & Backwell and Hornets who are both still 100 per cent.

“These sides will eventually drop points and we must take advantage when they do,” said Minehead’s head coach Mick Orton.

Minehead have lost only one game this season and are only seven points behind second-placed Hornets who are only two points behind the leaders.

One worrying long-term injury for Minehead is No 9 Jack Claydon who has played senior rugby for Taunton.

“At the moment we don’t know what is wrong with him,” said Orton. “We cannot say how serious it is.”

Meanwhile, Wiveliscombe have a tough home game on their return to rugby. They play Truro who are second in Western Counties West (2.30p.m.).

Wiveliscombe are a much improve side this season under new coach Ed Lewsey. He says: “We set ourselves high standards and try to meet these every week. I think there is still a lot more to come from us although we have put in some really good performances. It is about doing this with more consistency.

Wiveliscombe are sixth in the table and beat bottom side Honiton 31-14 away a fortnight ago.

Wiveliscombe 2nd XV are away to Winscombe in Somerset Two South. Wiveliscombe are fourth and Winscombe ninth.

* Minehead 2nd XV are away to Wells tomorrow in Somerset Two South.

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