Wharfedale give Bell and Davies the chance to start at Coventry

Will Bell will start at stand off for Wharfedale

Will Bell will start at stand off for Wharfedale

First published in Wharfedale

Wharfedale travel to Coventry on Saturday knowing that only their best will do if they are to come away with the points.

The Midlanders, once one of the top clubs in the country, have a proud home record this season.

Their only blemishes have been a defeat against Ealing and a draw with Richmond.

On the other hand, Butts Park was one of only two venues where Wharfedale won on the road last season, so there is nothing to fear.

Muddy conditions in that match did not make for flowing rugby, as the 8-3 result testifies, and the Greens will not object if they find the same again.

Coach Tom McGee understands the challenge ahead. “Coventry have an impressive squad, with internationals and players with Premiership and Championship experience. “But I am happy with the way our side is developing, all keen to perform for each other.

“Those who came off the bench last week played very well and it is good to be able to reward their patience with a place in the starting line-up.”

Lock Richard Brown, who scored the only try at Coventry last season, is unavailable, his place being filled by Dominic Barrow  who was on the flank for the win over Cambridge.

Will Bell and Lloyd Davies, both of whom impressed as replacements last week, earn a starting place, as do forwards Ian Larkin and James Tyson.

Wharfedale: Christian Georgiou; Joe Donkin, Matt Clark, Andy Hodgson (c), Lloyd Davies; Will Bell, James Gough; Adam Mason, Ian Larkin, Mark Tampin, Richard Rhodes, Dominic Barrow, James Tyson, Dan Solomi, Alastair Allen. Replacements: Steve Graham, Adam Howard, Jim Mason, Luke Gray, Nick Taylor.

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