Redingensian Rams v Worthing Raiders
6th January 2018 k/o 2 pm
Raiders start the New Year with a relatively short trip to Berkshire to take on Redingensian Rams at their extensive facility in Sonning near Reading. This will be our 3rd visit to Old Bath Road for a National League fixture.
History & Background stuff
The club was founded in 1924 by former pupils of Reading School. Home games were played at Morgan Road and Liebenrood Road in Reading for a couple of seasons until a ground was rented in Caversham. A ground (approx 20 acres) was opened at Emmer Green in 1927. They moved to the present facility in 1948. By 1968, with a lack old boys joining from the School, it was decided for the club to become ‘open’ with “Old” dropped from the title. The updated clubhouse was opened in 2014.
The League system, introduced in 1987, saw Rams placed in the Southern Counties League. (Whilst Reading seems to be in the South East, Berkshire comes within South West in the RFU structure.) Rams were promoted in the inaugural season, but the spell in South West 2 was short-lived. A slide down to Berks Dorset & Wilts 1 ensued. By 2001 the club had achieved promotion back to South West 2 East. A further slide in fortunes followed, but with promotions in consecutive seasons, the club reached South West 1 by 2006/07. This status was maintained until promoted, as Champions, to National 2 South in 2015.
Redingensians run 4 or 5 adult teams with the youth section, started in 1973, being amongst the largest in the area. The Ladies team (The Sirens) play in South East (West) league. The Rams Academy has been formed with the University of Reading to recruit/develop promising young players from the local community.
Colours: Dark blue/light blue/white hooped shirts, Dark blue shorts and stockings.
The “Rams” nickname reflects, the animal that features on Reading’s coat of arms.
Redingensians last season P30/ W16/ D1
In their second season in the league Rams once again put in a solid performance finishing 6th (8th first season) with 87 points. (9 of the defeats, 7 points or less).
The away win against promoted Old Elthamians (5-22) stands out. Jak Rossiter was top try scorer with 15. Ben Henderson and Robbie Stapley were top try scorers in the forwards with 9 & 8 respectively. Ex Raider, Ben Henderson (Hooker) and back-row Tom Vooght were both involved in all 30 fixtures. Centre three-quarter Steve Bryant and lock forward Ollie Taylor featured in 29.
Fixtures with Worthing
2015/16..Rams 28 Raiders 10 Raiders 22 Rams 20
2016/17..Rams 43 Raiders 27 Raiders 24 Rams 29
September 16th 2017 Worthing Raiders 30 Redingensians Rams 40
Raiders expected a tough fixture against Rams who historically field a strong set of forwards. This encounter followed the pattern. Raiders were in contention for 50 minutes at 16-19, but 3 converted tries in the third quarter ensured the win for the visitors. Raiders hit back in the closing stages, but failed to wrestle a point.
Raiders: Leeming, Maslen, Richards, Forrest J, Boyland, McLean, Walsh, Gatford, Gearing-Grief, Adams, Spurgeon, Lake, Price, Dawe, Perkins. Bench: Harris, Litterick, Redmayne, Miller, Hampson.
Rams: Foxley, Rossiter, Bryant, Souter, Sunley, Humberstone, Illingworth, Weller, Henderson, Baker, Taylor, Thompson, Morrison, Vooght, Stapley R. Bench: O’Meara, Berry, Nightingale, Corrigan, Cole.
The season so far…P16/ W12……67 points…. 3rd
Rams have had a good season so far, with the defeat at Henley in the first match (28-24) probably the only real blot. The other defeats were at Chinnor (36-14), Titans (31-21) and by a whisker at home to Cinderford (36-37). They have scored 82 tries so far, including 11 ‘penalty’ tries. They have generally acquired the 4 try bonus point although the victories against Redruth (21-12) and Wimbledon (13-24) were closely fought.
As usual a list of players used in the last few matches is provided along with a little further detail as to their credentials. They have been able to field a consistent team with Steve Bryant (centre) starting every match. Ben Henderson (hooker) and Open-side Tom Vooght have been involved in all 16 encounters. Props Andy Berry and Matt Weller have only missed one and two matches respectively. They have recently added experienced stand-off half Adrian Jarvis to their ranks as player/coach.
Jarvis, 34, retired from the professional game at the end of last season following a playing career that encompassed Harlequins as well as a couple of stints with Bristol.
This has all the makings of another fascinating clash, with Rams eager to keep in touch with the leaders, whilst Raiders will be hunting for points against a team unbeaten at home since September.
Please try and make the relatively short trip up to Reading to add your touchline support.
|Name/Age *Played v Raiders 16th Sept||Apps 2017-8||N2 App||Join||Points||Honours||Position / Previous Club/s & Appearances *played v Raiders|
|Joe Duffelen (28)||4/3R||17||2007||2T||Berkshire||Full Back: Loughborough Students|
|Ollie Foxley*(30)||12||51||2013||2T||Full Back: Reading|
|Jamar Richardson (23)||2/2T||2015||1T||Full Back: Rams Academy|
|Jak Rossiter* (24)||9||36||2016||4T||England Students & Count. U20||Wing: St Mary’s University, Richmond 5.|
|Josh Sunley* (24)||7||7||2017||1T||England Youth RL||Wing: Leeds Rhinos RL|
|Conor Corrigan* (22)||13/1R||48||2016||5T||Berkshire U20||Wing: Wasps & London Welsh Academy, Henley Hawks 3|
|Steve Bryant* (28)||16||72||2012||4T||Glos||Centre: Old Patesians 16|
|Jordan Souter* 21||14||23||2016||6T/2C||Berkshire||Centre: Reading University|
|Ellis Jones (20)||1/1R||2||2017||1T||Centre: Dragons, Caerleon|
|Adrian Jarvis (34) Coach||1/1R||2||2017||7C||England Saxons||Fly Half: Harlequins 87, Bristol 170, Yorks Carnegie 11, London Irish 24|
|Tom Humberstone *(24)||14/1R||15||2017||43C/4P||FH: Basingstoke, Loughborough, Oxford University Greyhounds.|
|Greg Illingworth* (24)||12/2R||33||2016||7T||Scrum Half: Tynedale* 23|
|Oli Cole* (19)||4/5R||14||2016||2T||Scrum Half:|
|Andy Berry* (25)||12/3R||15||2017||4T||TH Prop: Chinnor 61, Old Albanian*26|
|Matt Weller* (28)||14||53||2012||1T||LH Prop: Reading, Hartpury, Coventry 25|
|James Baker* (30)||4/5R||45||2007||1T||Berkshire||TH Prop: Stalwart|
|Sean McDonnell-Roberts (24)||0/1R||21||2016||–||Prop: Gorseinon, Llanelli, Neath, Swansea University, Ospreys Academy|
|Ben Henderson* (25)||14/2R||71||2013||5T||Berkshire U20||Hooker: Worthing 2, Reading Abbey|
|Gavin O’Meara* (31)||2/7R||9||2017||–||Hooker: Barking 3, London Welsh 33, Blackheath 121, Plymouth 28, Old Elthamians 43|
|Greg Drew (29)||0/4R||11||2017||–||Berkshire||Hooker: Richmond* 16|
|Olllie Taylor* (28)||15||63||2015||1T||Berkshire||Lock: Bracknell|
|Colin Thompson* (24)||9/4R||24||2016||–||Berkshire||Lock: Windsor|
|Will Morrison* (23)||11/5R||28||2014||2T||Berkshire U20||Lock: Henley AASE, Wasps U20, Loughborough Students 7.|
|Conor Stapley 25||8||8||2017||1T||BS Wing Forward: Henley Hawks 11.|
|Tom Vooght* (25)||15/1R||64||2011||7T||Berkshire U20||OS Wing Forward: Rams Academy, Birmingham University|
|Robbie Stapley* (Capt, 28)||14/1R||51||2009-12 2015||7T||No 8: Henley Hawks* 98.|
|Joshua Collis||2/3R||5||2017||1T||No 8: Henley Bulls, Southampton University|