Scots primed for Warriors backlash

27th March 2015

Peter Richards expects a backlash from Worcester Warriors this weekend after Jersey ended their 24 match unbeaten run last Saturday at St Peter.

Third placed Scottish travel to Sixways Stadium to face a Warriors side which has slipped to second place behind Bristol Rugby and Richards believes Director of Rugby Dean Ryan will have his charges fired up for tomorrow's encounter, 3pm kick-off.

He said: “There will be a reaction from their loss against Jersey no doubt.

“Dean will have had some harsh words for his squad and they will be ready to put things right at home where they have been very good all year.

“It just so happens that we are the opponents for the backlash but we are fully prepared for that.”

He continued: “There should be a good crowd at Sixways which is a great set-up and the pitch will be in good condition.

“I've played there many times myself and look forward to going back.”


London Scottish make three changes to their starting XV for Saturday's clash.

Irish international flanker Neil Best is recalled to the line-up for the first time since early January to face his former club, whilst centre Mike Doneghan, pictured, also makes a welcome return to the XV for his first start since September following a serious hamstring injury.

Listen to Mike Doneghan's interview with local radio, broadcast earlier this week, here.

Scrum-half Matt Heeks earns a start with Jamie Stevenson moving to the bench where he is joined by dual-registered Harlequins forward James Chisholm who rejoins the squad off the back of consecutive man of the match awards for England during their victorious Six Nations U20s campaign.

Richards said: “Neil Best is looking good in training and I think his experience alongside Mark Bright is going to be crucial, with the added incentive of him playing against his former team.

“I'm hoping for a big game out of Mike.

“He is a strong, dynamic player who has had to bide his time having come back from injury.

“He deserves his shot in the team and it's good to bring some fresh legs in.”

He added: “Matt Heeks has been brilliant for us.

“He performed really well against Worcester earlier in the season so we felt it was a good chance to get him back in the line-up.”

Interview – Loan prop Mark Lilley eyes up Bristol face-off, click here.

London Scottish squad to play Worcester Warriors at Sixways Stadium on Saturday, March 28, 3pm kick-off.

15, Lee Millar, 14, Matt Williams, 13, Kieran Moffat, 12, Mike Doneghan, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Peter Lydon, 9, Matt Heeks, 1, James Hallam, 2, David Cherry, 3, Ben Prescott, 4, Josh Thomas Brown, 5, James Phillips, 6, Neil Best, 7, Lewis Ludlow, 8, Mark Bright (c).
Replacements: 16, Mark Lilley, 17, Adam Kwasnicki, 18, Lovejoy Chawatama, 19, Gregor Gillanders, 20, James Chisholm, 21, Jamie Stevenson, 22, Matt Hawke.

Unavailable due to injury: Chevvy Pennycook, Max Maidment, Stewart Maguire, Ross Doneghan, Todd Gleave and PJ Gidlow.


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