Redingensians call up Vooght as Stapley starts banBy Nigel Sutcliffe
April 11, 2012
Tom Vooght is drafted into promotion-chasing Redingensians' squad for Saturday's National 3 South West trip to Bristol-based Old Redcliffians (3pm kick-off).
The 19-year-old back-row forward, a product of Gensians' youth system, is named on the bench and could be set for his league debut.
He gets his chance because leading try-scorer Robbie Stapley is suspended after being red-carded against Chippenham.
Vooght, a former Piggott School pupil who is now at Birmingham University, is highly rated by Rams head coach Mike Tewkesbury.
He said: “Tom is a good decision-maker with plenty of potential. He is excellent defensively and was outstanding for Berkshire under-20s, winning a South West place.”
Despite plenty of much appreciated support from the local rugby community, Rams could only draw 22-22 with promotion-rivals Chinnor last Saturday.
Rams, who have an average age of 23, need a bonus-point victory at relegation-threatened Old Reds to keep their promotion play-off hopes alive as well as a defeat for second-placed Chinnor at Newton Abbot.
Tewkesbury said: “We just have to concentrate on getting maximum points and hope Newton Abbot, a tough proposition on their own ground, do us a favour.”
Rams will be in confident mood for their first ever league visit to the Bristol side after beating them 53-5 at Sonning just before Christmas.
The versatile Andrew Amor takes over the No. 8 shirt, while Connor Stapley comes in on the blindside.
Jevon Marsh suffered a facial injury against Chinnor so Guy Swadling continues at full-back and Andy Webb is on the bench.
Redingensians: Swadling; Duffelen, Odejobi, Aaron Hopkins, Gosling; Brown, Clark; Rumble, Rowland, Baker, Root, Turner, C Stapley, Azza Hopkins, Amor. Replacements: M Clark, Vooght, Webb.