Ten matches played, twelve still to go but the record so far has been almost faultless. No apologies for wallowing in a few numbers: eight winning bonus points, an average of almost 35 points scored each game and an average winning margin of more than 20 points. The 52 league tries have been scored by 23 players – that’s what you call a whole squad effort! The table makes good reading too with a four point lead and a game in hand over Camberley, Medway a further four points behind and Hammersmith & Fulham currently just outside the promotion zone by a margin of three points.
There’s plenty of rugby still to play though and the first of an exciting pre-Christmas trilogy is a visit to Guildford. Our hosts are sitting in mid-table with four wins, one draw and five defeats so far this season. They opened their season with two wins (36-6 vs Horsham and 23-24 vs Cobham) but then had to wait until November for the next victories running in impressive scorelines against London Irish (52-29) and Chichester (43-22). In between the two batches of wins they did have some bruising defeats though falling 15-42 to Camberley, 46-6 to KCS Old Boys and 51-17 to Medway in successive rounds. Five bonus points for scoring four tries have boosted their points total to 23 and leave them well placed for a top half finish this season.
Although Guildford RFC was formed in 2003 it has a much longer history. The creation of this ‘new’ club came about from the second merger of Guildford & Godalming and Old Guildfordians rugby clubs, the first having been in 1946 when they combined for seven years before going their own separate ways again.
Guildford found themselves back in London 1 South having been relegated from London & SE Premier at the end of the 2019/20 season alongside London Irish and Bedford Athletic. They had been promoted from London 1 South having won the 2015/16 runners-up play-offs and spent the next four season s in L&SE Premier, finishing in the bottom half of the table each time.
Kick off will be at 2pm but if you can’t make it to Guildford then our Druids team would love your support at Rosslyn Park where kick off is at 5pm on the 4G pitch.
This Saturday should see the return of further key players as long term injured Tom Williams and Ben West come back into contention. We are also hopeful of a return for joint top try scorer Paolo Peschisolido. However, the side will be without Rohan Pixley for this round 12 encounter, as well as Matt Pollen is continues in absence from the centre. We will also miss Adam Nixon at 9 as he nurses a roun 11 knock. 1st XV Captain Chris Lilly edges ever closer to his first appearance of the season, but this weekend will come slightly too early for him to make an appearance.
|December 4, 2021
|London 1 South
|Broadwater Sports Club
|Guildford Road, Godalming, Surrey GU7 3DH