Friday, 1 February 2013

Tigers name big guns for LV Cup shoot out

Tigers name a very strong side to face the Scarlets on Sunday in the hope that Wasps can do us a favour the day before and limit Sale to a win without a bonus point, Wasps have named a stronger side than last week and are defending an unbeaten record at Adams Park.  Tigers make 4 changes to the side that defeated Wasps as Sam Harrison is replaced by Micky Young, George Chuter replaces Rob Hawkins, Harry Wells replaces the injured Tom Price and Thomas Waldrom replaces Tom Croft after being released this week from the England squad.

On the bench Ryan Bower comes into the fold in place of Jonny Harris after featuring for Nottingham against Bedford last weekend.  George Oliver and Matthew Hubbart are in line to make their Tigers debuts, Oliver, 19, is an openside flanker from Hinckley who has featured for Rotherham this season whilst Hubbart, 18, has been an ever present in the Under 18s and gets his chance due to the spate of injuries and international call ups at lock.  At the other end of the experience scale Geordan Murphy makes his come back from injury in the number 23 shirt.

Andy Forsyth makes only his 15th start for the Tigers and will be looking to press his claims again after an impressive performance last week.  Sam Harrison will make it 40 appearances if he features from the bench whilst Richard Thorpe makes his 10th appearance in The Stripes.

Sunday's referee will be Greg Garner from Coventry.  It will be Garner's 6th Tigers game and only his second away game, the other when Tigers beat Bristol back in 2009 with Dan Cole scoring a brilliant individual try by bumping off Mark Regan and running in from 20 yards.  His last Tigers game was our tense derby victory over Northampton back in November.  He has never shown a yellow card to a Tigers player and only once refereed us in a loss, the unforgettable thrashing from Saracens at Welford Road during last seasons World Cup.  Garner was in the same school year as Andy Goode and James Grindal at King Henry VII School in Coventry, surprised I've never seen that mentioned before really.

15 Mathew Tait
14 Scott Hamilton
13 Andy Forsyth
12 Matt Cornwell
11 Vereniki Goneva
10 Dan Bowden
9 Micky Young
1 Boris Stankovich
2 George Chuter
3 Logovi'i Mulipola
4 Rob Andrew
5 Harry Wells
6 Brett Deacon (c)
7 Richard Thorpe
8 Thomas Waldrom

16 Rob Hawkins
17 Ryan Bower
18 Fraser Balmain
19 Matt Hubbart
20 George Oliver
21 Sam Harrison
22 Andy Symons
23 Geordan Murphy 

Llanelli Scarlets name 9 of the side that conceded a try bonus point against Sale last week, other than that I have very little to say as I've barely heard of any of them.  Andy Fenby was impressive for Newcastle whilst he was studying in the North East 3 seasons ago scoring 2 tries in 3 games whilst Sione Timani is a Tongan test player previously with Carmarthen Quins who was selected ahead of Steve Mafi for the 2011 World Cup, which must make him a pretty decent player really!  Kieran Murphy bagged a brace on his debut against Leicester in the LV Cup two years ago so is another one to keep an eye out for.

15 Gareth Owen
14 Kyle Evans
13 Nick Reynolds
12 Adam Warren
11 Andy Fenby
10 Owen Williams
9 Aled Davies
1 Rhodri Jones
2 Emyr Phillips (c)
3 Jacobie Adriaanse
4 Jake Ball
5 Johan Snyman
6 Sione Timani
7 Lewis Rawlins
8 Kieran Murphy
Replacements: Kirby Myhill, Shaun Hopkins, Deacon Manu, Richard Kelly, Duane Eager, Gareth Davies, Aled Thomas, Dale Ford

The match kicks off on Sunday at 13:35 and is live on S4C, Sky channel 134, with commentary in English on the red button.

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