Peter Gavin previews Worthing Raiders v Rams

MATCH 26

Worthing Raiders v RAM Rugby

23rd March 2019 Kick-off 3pm

Table topping RAMs are our visitors this Saturday making the relatively short trip to the South Coast from their HQ in Sonning near Reading. Raiders travelled to Berkshire last November losing 41-12.

Name change         ‘Rams aim to charge into new era’*

Before the start of this season Redingensians rebranded themselves as Rams Rugby. With a modern new name to back up his side’s bold ambitions chief executive Gary Reynolds outlined his plans to usurp London Irish as Reading’s biggest team.

Formerly known as Redingensians, who finished 3rd in National 2 South last season, a summer rebrand has heralded a new sense of purpose as the Berkshire club target promotion. ‘You have to modernize and kick on’ said Reynolds. ‘The Redingensians name was very close to the club but we have a big junior section now and are very active in the local schools and colleges so the ‘Old Boys’ name just doesn’t fit our ethos anymore. It sounded a bit uppity, but we’re not an uppity club. We’re ambitious, inclusive and when London Irish eventually move on, we aim to take advantage of that. Berkshire deserves more than a club that’s parked itself here temporarily and Rams produce a lot of good players. If Reading can produce a Championship/Premiership Football Club, it should be able to produce its own Championship Rugby Club – and that’s our aim’. *(extract from ‘The Rugby Paper’ 26th August 2018)

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, but as detailed above the club is now officially known as Rams Rugby.

Redingensians last season P30 /W21 /D1 /L8 – 112 points

In their third season in the league Rams once again put in a very solid performance finishing 3rd, exceeding their own expectations. Cinderford and Chinnor were both promoted finishing on 143 points and 131 points respectively. Four of their defeats coming against the promoted sides. The other defeats were on the road at Redruth (25-19), Taunton (31-21), Bury St Edmunds (27-24) and Henley (28-24), in the first match of the season. (They won the return fixture 51-0). Their solid pack contributed consistently towards their fine performances. Top try scorers were, Tom Vooght (back-row) 14, Conor Corrigan (wing) 10, Ben Henderson (hooker) and Jak Rossiter (wing) both 9. Steve Bryant (centre) started all 30 matches with Vooght, Ollie Taylor (lock ) and Henderson featuring 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

2017/18   Rams 39   Raiders 26     Raiders 30  Rams 40

2018/19   Rams 41   Raiders 12

MATCH 12:  November 24th 2018 RAMs 41 Worthing Raiders 12    

Raiders visit to top of the table RAMs was expected to be a tough assignment and so it proved as the league leaders piled on the pressure from the off. The try bonus point was in the bag after 25 minutes, oranges at 28-0. When Rams scored within a minute of the restart the visiting faithful were fearful, but Raiders somehow stemmed the flow and thanks to a couple of tries late in the game drew the 2nd half.

Rams: Richardson, Rossiter, Bryant, Humberstone A, Corrigan, Seers, Illingworth, Kidd, Henderson, Baker, Taylor, Etete, Wolf, Vooght, Guthridge:

Bench: Drew, Steadman, Crame, Duffelen, Cole.

Scorers:T: Henderson, Illingworth, Kidd, Baker, Etete, Duffelen:C: Seers 2, Richardson 1.

 Raiders: Forrest H, Maslen, Richards, Sims, Boyland, McLean, Holt, Birch, Gearing-Grief, Sassone, Lee, Hammond, Lake, Harris Cuffe.

Bench: Luke, Adams, Whittall, Walsh, Barnes.

Scorers: T: Walsh 68, Sims 80: C: McLean.

The season so far…P25 /W23 /L2……114 points….  TOP

RAMs are having a great season and are surely nailed on Champions. They have lost 2 matches:

OAs (18-10) in September: TJs (25-19) on 9th February. They have also denied bonus points to most of their opponents, Titans managed 2 earlier in the season (30-35), with only Clifton (26-19), Barnes (19-26) and Henley (12-19) getting an LBP. They have averaged near to 40 points per outing, whilst restricting the opposition to 15. Nearly all the squad have scored tries, but ex Raider, hooker, Ben Henderson leads  the way with 19. Wing, Jak Rossiter has 13. Alex Seers has scored 153 points.

The Players

As usual a list of players used in the last fixture against Titans is provided along with detail on a few other players who have been used in recent matches. Most of the players listed have featured in previous fixtures between the clubs.

Alex Seers (Fly half) who played for LIWG last season has joined as has Andrew Humberstone (centre) who played last season at Hull Ionians. Both played in the fixture last September. Regular players, Steve Bryant (centre) and Robbie Stapley (No8) have not played for the last 3 months.

A tough fixture awaits Raiders against a RAMS side that top the league, but you never know the unexpected sometimes happens!!!!Please try to get along to add your touchline support….it is much appreciated by the boys.

 

C’MON RAIDERS!!!..

Name/Age *Played v Raiders 24th Nov Apps 2018-9 N2 App Join Points Honours Position / Previous Club/s & Appearances  *played v Raiders
Team V Taunton                                                                             9th March WON 42-21
Tom Humberstone (26) 5/4R 23 2017 1T/6C   Full Back: Basingstoke, Loughborough,   Oxford University (Blue 2018)
Andy Denham(20) 8/2R 10 2018 8T Berkshire U20 Wing: Reading University
Ellis Jones (21) 14/3R 25 2017 3T   Centre: Dragons, Caerleon
Andrew Humblestone* (28) 21/2R 23 2018 5T/2C   Centre: Rotherham Titans 1, Hull Ionians 36
Conor Corrigan* (23) 18 81 2016 10T Berkshire U20 Wing: Wasps & London Welsh Academies, Henley Hawks 3
Alex Seers* (24) 22/1R 23 2018 3T/5P/ 64C England Count U20 Fly Half Chobham, Cardiff Met, Ealing Academy, LIWG*26
Greg Illingworth* (26) 10/8R 25 2016 5T   Scrum Half: Tynedale* 23
Niall Kidd * (29) 14/1R 22 2017 2T   LH Prop: Windsor
Ben Henderson* (26) 24 108 2014 19T Berkshire U20 Hooker: Worthing 2, Reading Abbey
James Baker* (31) 17/5R 82 2005 4T Berkshire TH Prop: Stalwart
Olllie Taylor* (29) 22 99 2015 3T Berkshire Lock: Bracknell
Connor Stapley (26) 5 27 2017 1T   Lock: Henley Hawks* 11
Louis Wolf* (23) 12/1R 16 2017 3T Berkshire BS Wing Forward: Clifton* 22, Reading University
Tom Vooght*©(26) 24 102 2011 5T Berkshire U20 OS Wing Forward: Rams Academy, Birmingham University
Jamie Guttridge* (27) 17/2R 55 2014 7T Berkshire No8: Reading & University, Newbury, Loughborough University (Bucs)
BENCH
Sean McDonnell-Roberts (25) 9/15R 45 2016 2T Berkshire Prop: Gorseinon, Llanelli, Neath, Swansea University, Ospreys Academy, Scarlets
Greg Drew* (30) 1/16R 37 2017 Berkshire Hooker: Richmond* 16
James Page (21) 3/2R 4 2018 2T   OS Wing Forward: Banbury, Wasps Academy
Miles Lloyd  (24) 13/8R 46 2016 3T   Scrum Half: Harrogate
Jak Rossiter* (25) 23/1R 73 2016 13T Eng Stu & Count U20 Wing: St Mary’s University, Richmond 5.
Played Recently Last Played  
Joe Duffelen*(29) 16/2R 50 2007 9T/1C 2nd Mar  Berkshire Full Back: Loughborough Students
Ross Crame* (26) 14/5R 65 2011 6T 16th Feb BS Wing Forward: Rams Youth
Michael Etete(21) 6/2R 8 2018 1T 16th Feb Lock: Reading, Reading University, Rams Academy
Jack Steadman* (30) 10/2R 67 2014 4T 9th Feb LH Prop: Bristol, Dings, Clifton 46, Loughborough University 65
Craig Nightingale (31) 0/7R 60 2012 1T 9th Feb Wing Forward: Richmond