Five changes for final home match against Bristol

01st April 2016

London Scottish have named their team to face Bristol tomorrow afternoon at 15:00, in their final home match of the 15/16 Greene King IPA Championship season.

The starting line-up features five changes from the side that were denied victory in Jersey, after a last minute penalty try last weekend. 

James Hallam and Max Maidment join David Cherry in the front-row, with Rory Bartle and Josh Thomas Brown in the second-row. 

Evan Olmstead and Tinus du Plessis start with captain Mark Bright in the back-row, with the skipper leading the team out for the final time at the Athletic Ground. 

Matt Heeks makes his 75th appearance at scrum-half, with Peter Lydon again starting at fly-half. 

Jason Harries moves to the centre next to Robbie Fergusson, with a new look back-three of Sam Smith, Howard Packman and Lee Millar. 

Adam Kwasnicki, Jack Cosgrove and Jimmy Litchfield offer a front-row alternative, whilst Neale Patrick and Alex Brown both cover the rest of the forward pack. 

Russell Weir is back in the match day squad as replacement scrum-half, and Alec Coombes will also look to make an impact when called upon. 

Head Coach Peter Richards is looking forward to welcoming Bristol, and has challenged his players to match their performance levels from last weekend. 

“I was really proud of how the guys played in Jersey, the guys played for each other and we've got to accept that some marginal decisions went against us.”

He added: “For 78 minutes in that game we had utter dominance but that shows what fine margins there are in the league.”

The ex-England scrum-half is expecting a big performance against the league leaders.

“Bristol are a very good side but so are we when we get the bit between our teeth. If we play like we did, then we will cause them trouble, and we're all excited abut it.”

He continued: It's our last home game of the season so we owe it to our fans to end on a high at the Athletic Ground. We've been trying to play more expansively recently, and hopefully that will pay off.”

Lee Millar made his 50th appearance in the defeat to Jersey, and is in the match day squad again as he looks to cement his place in the team for the final three matches of the 15/16 campaign. 

“Personally that was great to get the 50th, but we're all concentrating on Bristol.

The boys will be up for it no doubt, and if we play with the same attitude and confidence we will be in a good position. It's our last game on our home patch so we'll be going all out for the victory.”

You can follow the match which kicks off at 15:00, with live minute-by-minute updates through our twitter page: @LSFCOfficial. 

London Scottish team to face Bristol on Saturday, 2nd April at 15:00 at the Athletic Ground:
15 Lee Millar 14 Howard Packman 13 Robbie Fergusson 12 Jason Harries 11 Sam Smith 10 Peter Lydon 9 Matt Heeks 1 James Hallam 2 David Cherry 3 Max Maidment 4 Rory Bartle 5 Josh Thomas Brown 6 Evan Olmstead 7 Tinus du Plessis 8 Mark Bright (c)

16 Adam Kwasnicki 17 Jack Cosgrove 18 Jimmy Litchfield 19 Neale Patrick 20 Alex Brown 21 Russell Weir 22 Alec Coombes 

Tickets will be available on the gate, but with limited numbers left in the stand we recommend booking online here.

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