Jon Auld gets the nod for Reading in play-offsBy Steve Williams
April 24, 2009
Reading go into tomorrow’s South West Division 2 play-off battle against Newton Abbott without loose-head prop Richard Pryor.
Pryor picked up a neck injury against Wallingford last week when he failed to engage correctly at a scrum.
He was taken to hospital, but was released within hours.
His replacement Jon Auld will continue at loose-head at Holme Park (3pm) tomorrow as Reading look to return to South West Division 1 having been relegated last term.
They led Division 2 East for much of the season before a defeat at Wallingford and losses to Maidenhead and Cheltenham saw them struggle to make the play-off against the second placed side in 2 West.
But, five straight wins at the end of the season ensured they pipped Cheltenham on points difference.
Player/coach Ben Hughes is out tomorrow due to his Army commitments, but Reading had some good news when flanker Dan Phillips was cleared to play having been red-carded against Wallingford last week.
Newton Abbott arrive on the back of an 10-game unbeaten run since losing to West champions Taunton in January.
Hughes said: “They’ve got a few Plymouth Albion players that they’ve brought in this season. We might only get a few scoring opportunities, so we must take them when they come and not bomb them.”
Reading: Dorliac; Mollinson, Vuadreu, Evans, Lynch: Sweeney, Lester; Auld, Fisher, Grierson, Kenneally, Davies, Phillips, Cornish, Heirene. Reps: Niubasaga, Veale.