PJ Gidlow Eyes Victory In Home Opener

22nd August 2014

Centre PJ Gidlow is confident London Scottish can return to winning ways on Saturday when they take on Esher at the Athletic Ground, 3pm kick-off.

Scottish went down to a 40-5 defeat against Premiership runner-up Saracens at Allianz Park last Friday evening in their first pre-season run-out of the campaign.

Gidlow says the Championship outfit took plenty of positives from last week's game and go into Saturday's match in a good frame of mind.

He said: “We can learn a lot from the Saracens game. They are a quality outfit with loads of internationalists in their squad.

“It was a good marker to see where we are at this stage of the season.

“We have had a long pre-season with ten weeks of training so it was good to finally get a run out.

“The team have taken the positives and will be moving those on towards Esher on Saturday.”

Gidlow says the squad are excited at the prospect of playing in front of their home crowd again this weekend, having enjoyed great success last season on home turf.

The match will be the first of three home games in as many weeks with Glasgow Warriors the visitors next Saturday, August 30, 3pm kick-off before the Greene King IPA Championship opener against Rotherham Titans on Saturday, September 6, 3pm kick-off.

The Samoan added: “It’s always nice to play at home with our own supporters watching, we have good confidence and are hoping for some more attacking ball on Saturday.

“It is important that we get back on the right side of results ahead of the Warriors game and the new Championship season.

“We all want to get into the top four and there is a genuine belief that we can do that.”

Watch James Buckland's Esher preview on LSTV here.

Listen to Ross Doneghan’s pre-match interview here.

Tickets for all three matches and hospitality for the Glasgow Warriors and Rotherham Titans fixtures can be purchased online here or by calling the Commercial team on 020 3397 9551.

London Scottish squad to face Esher on Saturday, August 23, 3pm kick-off.

15, Peter Lydon; 14, Mike Doneghan; 13, Oli Grove (c); 12, Lee Millar, 11, Errie Claassens; 10, Dan Newton; 9, Matt Heeks; 1, James Hallam; 2, David Cherry; 3, Max Maidment; 4, Tai Tuisamoa; 5, Adam Preocanin; 6, Fred Clarke (trialist); 7, Neil Best; 8, James Phillips.

Replacements: 16, Lovejoy Chawatama; 17, Ross Doneghan; 18, Ben Prescott; 19, Harry McCartney; 20, Mark Bright; 21, Jamie Stevenson; 22, Alec Coombes (centre/wing, trialist); 23, PJ Gidlow; 24, Miles Mantella; 25, Matt Williams; 26, Todd Gleave (hooker, trialist); 27, Ben Calder.

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