Worthing Raiders v Old Redcliffians RFC
6th April 2019 Kick-off 3pm
Old Reds are our visitors this Saturday making their second visit to Roundstone Lane for a National League 2 South fixture. Raiders travelled to their Scotland Lane base in Brislington, Bristol last December returning defeated 33-22 in a tight encounter, played in difficult windy conditions.
History & Background stuff.
The club was founded in 1918 (a couple of years before ourselves) to cater for the former pupils of Redcliffe Boys School. The founders were former pupils returning from WW1. From the outset the club had an open door policy and was not exclusively for old boys. The home fixtures were played at the School ground, Daventry Road, in Knowle until 1968 when the fields were developed into school buildings. At that time the club moved to the present site in Scotland Lane. The original school was founded in 1571, although it merged with Temple Colston’s school in 1969, creating the co-educational St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School.
The rugby club was successful in the pre-professional days with probably their ‘purple patch’ on the playing front occurring during the early 1980s. They won the prestigious Bristol Combination Cup as well as the Somerset Senior Cup a couple of times during this period. The latter trophy gained the club entry into the National ‘John Player’ Cup competition. Once official leagues were introduced the club settled in Somerset Premier (L8), eventually gaining promotions (and the occasional relegation) within the Regional leagues. In 2016-17 they were Champions of the South West Region thereby gaining promotion to National 2 South.
The club won the National Intermediate Cup in 2009-10, the final being held at Twickenham.
ORs turn out 3 senior sides on Saturdays with Junior and Mini rugby taking over on Sundays.
Old Redcliffians is a proper community club, like ourselves, and rightly takes great pride in the success of their junior section, with many participants graduating through to the senior teams.
British Lion prop forward the great Gareth Chilcott (Bath) and up and coming young prop Ellis Genge (now with Leicester Lions) both emerged via their junior section.
Club Colours: Red and Black hooped jerseys, red shorts & stockings.
Links with Worthing
‘Old Reds’ first visited Roundstone Lane on 3rd December 1983 for a 2nd round John Player National Cup encounter. This cup competition was the major trophy event for County cup winners in the ‘Amateur days’. It was a stepping stone to possibly drawing a match against a ‘Giant’ of the game and for a bumper home gate or a share of the gate at a major venue. The ‘top’ sides joined the draw at the 3rd round stage. A ‘Recce’ party visited Bristol a week before the match, but generally not a lot was known about Old Reds amongst the Worthing contingent. The general view was that they were a good side with a very strong set of forwards. Would home advantage give the Sussex team the edge? Recollections of the day are a little scant, but a certain ex Bristol captain and legend Mike Fry had fine afternoon at tight head and the home side received a scrummaging lesson. Spring heeled lock forward Derek Barry (Bath, 118 apps) dominated possession from the line-out. ‘Without the ball and all that’….. saw ORs run out victorious (6-25…HT 0-15). (NB Try 4 points)
Worthing: Coulson C, Forrest J, O’Connor M, Stappers L(capt), Baker S, Coackley P, Clarke T, Baker P, Grantham-Hill N, Hornby R, Vincent B, Herbert P, Stoner S, Bateman L, Lamprey C.
Reps: Matthews D, Purdy S. Scorers: T:Stappers (70m):C: Coakley.
Old Reds: Gaddes M, Jones G, Lancastle S, Woodward T, Palmer A, King G, Haigh P, Short N, Cotton M, Fry M (capt), Barry D, De’Scossa N, Wheatley J, Excell S, Taylor P. Reps: (from) Yandell R, Bond P, Luker G, Greenway P.
Scorers: T: Lancastle(39m), Palmer(60m), Excell(72m)C: Gaddes(39&60)P: Gaddes(1m&40m).
National League encounters and league position
2017-18 W 40 – OR 34 OR 37 – W 31 Worthing 7th Old Reds 12th
2018 -19 OR 33 – W 22
8th December 2018 Old Redcliffians 33 Worthing Raiders 22
The match was played in very difficult weather conditions caused by hurricane ‘Deirdre’, with gusty winds, gale force at points, and squally showers. The visitors had the use of the slope in the first half, with pundits correctly thinking that 15-17 at oranges was not enough leeway. Despite the conditions both teams played good rugby with the home side making the best of the conditions for a deserved bonus point victory.
Old Reds: Owen, Bird, Gervais, Jones, Boxall, Hill, Sprague, McGrath, Ward, Caulfield, FryD, Pursall, Parsons, Coster, Doyle.
Bench: Harvey, Gompels, Zindi, Wiltshire, Hall.
Scorers:T: Bird (5), Hill (34), Parsons (51), Jones (79) C:Hill x2 (34 &79) P:Hill x3 (32, 60,78) .
Raiders: McLean, Maslen, Sims, Richards, Barnes, ForrestJ, Walsh, Birch, Luke, Adams, Dingle, Lee, Lake, Whittall, Cuffe. Bench: Gibson, Sassone, Dawe, Holt, Barlow.
Scorers:T: Cuffe x2 (15, 39), Barnes (80) C: McLean x2 (15 & 39) P: McLean (6)
Last season….P30 /W10 /D2 ….58 points (12th)
Old Reds spent much of the season in relegation territory but came through in the end sealing matters in the last fixture against Redruth (34-12). They eventually finished 1 point ahead of LIWG and three points above Barnstaple who were relegated. Whilst the Redruth result may have been vital, the wins against Bury St Edmund (19-14), Clifton (34-0), Tonbridge Juddians (14-10) and Raiders were important along the way. They also acquired 18 bonus points. Ashley Groves led the way on points (97) with flying winger Henry Bird landing 13 tries, Ethan Doyle matching him from No 8. Danny Hodge featured in every fixture, fellow lock Corey Talbot missing just one. In all seventeen players featured in 20 matches or more, with a total 40 different players used to fulfil the fixtures
This season so far……P27 /W 9…11th (53 points) (Raiders 12th 53 points)
The headline above tells the story for both the season so far and the importance of this fixture to both clubs. Old Reds have won 2 matches on the road, at LIWG (15-35) early in the season and at Redruth (17-27) in December. Otherwise their wins have been at Scotland Lane with last Saturday’s result against Taunton Titans standing out (22-17). After the Raiders fixture they entertain Redruth, with a visit to Clifton for a local derby to conclude the season. (Clifton presently on 66 points are already safe from relegation, Redruth on 63 points are virtually safe.)
As usual a list of players used in the previous fixture against Taunton is provided along with a little more detail as to their credentials. Most of the players listed have played against Raiders before. Henry Bird (wing) who missed the Titans’ fixture is league top try scorer with 24. Keiran Hill, who also missed the Titans’ match, is top points scorer with 178. Back-row forward Dan Fry has featured in every match.
With both teams locked on 53 points and hovering above the relegation zone this fixture has special significance. It really goes without saying that your vocal support on the touchline will be much appreciated by the boys to add the 16th man to get them over the line!!!
………………………………. C’Mon Raiders!!!
|Name/ *Played v Raiders 8th Dec||Apps 2018-9||Total N2App||Joined||Points||Honours||Position / Previous Club/s & Appearances *played v Raiders|
|Team v Taunton Titans 30th March 2019 WON 22-17|
|Craig Owen* 33||19/1R||40||2014||2T||Full Back:|
|James Clements 25||14/1R||28||2011||5T||Wing: Old Reds Youth, Bristol Comb U20|
|Christian Gervais* 28||22||46||2015||2T||Glos||Centre: Ding’s*56, Taunton*71.|
|Aaron Rice 27||2/7R||11||2016||2T||Centre: Clevedon|
|Ezra Caven 20||5/1R||20||2016||4T||Bristol 7s & U18||Wing: OR Youth, SGS Filton|
|Ashley Groves 26||9/8R||38||2012||1T/3P/12C||Somerset||Fly Half: Bristol Harlequins, Bristol Comb U20|
|Kiyan Wiltshire* 19||17/5R||48||2017||1T||Scrum Half: Bristol Saracens|
|Craig McGrath* 35||11/5R||35||2013||–||LH Prop: Clifton 4, Bristol 15, Bridgwater* 26, Newbury 26, London Scots 18, Barking 5, Rosslyn Park 16.|
|Keiran Ward* 23||24/2R||55||2017||2T||Somerset||Hooker: Hornets, Old Patesians, Keynsham|
|Ellis Joseph 22||7/9R||45||2015||–||TH Prop: OR Youth,|
|Chris Pursall* 26||23/2R||30||2014||7T||Glos SW U20||Lock: Bristol United|
|Corey Talbot 23||24||52||2016||1T||Lock: Keynsham|
|Scott Parsons* 21||14/1R||43||2015||2T||Bristol U18||BS Wing Forward: OR Youth, Bristol United|
|Dan Fry* 30||25/2R||52||2011||4T||Somerset||OS Wing Forward: Cinderford 10, Weston-s-Mare 28|
|Ethan Doyle* 29||19/1R||46||2014||3T||No8: Ebbw Vale, Newbridge, Newport Sar|
|Jermaine Jones* 26||25/1R||51||2017||6T||Centre: Hornets RFC|
|Dominic Sprague* 19||9/11R||20||2018||1T||Scrum Half: OR Youth|
|Alex Harvey* 22||20/5R||47||2015||–||Bristol U18||LH Prop: OR Youth, Bristol United|
|Jake Caulfield* 26||16/7R||41||2017||–||Ire U20||TH Prop: Clifton 22, Ulster 1, Esher*4, Cinderford 15, Coventry, Taunton*44,|
|Pat Zindi* 22||8/8R||16||2018||–||Wing Forward: Oldfield RFC|
|Played Recently||Last play|
|Henry Bird* 29||24||47||2014||24T||23rd Mar||Full Back: Cinderford 3, Bristol 7s.|
|Kieran Hill* 22||21/3R||37||2018||3T/44C/24P/ 1DG||23rd Mar Somerset||Fly Half: Taunton Titans 3, Clevedon
|George Kloska 19||2/16R||18||2018||–||23rd Mar||Hooker: Bristol Academy|
|Scott Coster* 27||13||22||2011||2T||23rd Mar Somerset||OS Wing Forward:|