University of Gloucestershire All Golds face must-win game against South Wales Scorpions
The University of Gloucestershire All Golds face South Wales Scorpions this Sunday, in a must-win clash for both sides.
The match at the Prince of Wales stadium in Cheltenham kicks off at 3pm.
Both teams lost their opening games in the Northern Rail Cup last weekend, and go into the tie knowing only victory will give them any chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition.
The All Golds, who made their professional 13 a side debut in last Sunday's match, showed their inexperience with a disappointing 18-36 defeat to Hemel Stags, and head coach Brad Hepi believes the teams desire to make up for this has provided some great motivation.
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He said: "Last weekend, the boys were way off what both I and they expect in terms of performance.
"They all sat down at the start of the week and identified where they went wrong, and are just incredibly eager to make up for it against the Scorpions."
However, the squad will have to do it without the familiar faces of some first team players, who were injured during last week's physical encounter.
Full back Phil Cowburn is out with a strained calf muscle, whilst Callum Mulkeen has a tight hamstring.
The All Golds will also be without Jamie Crowther who suffered a broken hand and is expected to be out for four weeks.
Despite this loss, ex-New Zealand Maori international Hepi remains positive and said: "Obviously we are struggling a bit, but this is the reason you have a squad so when people are injured or out of form, someone can replace them.
"This weekend gives the lads who I ask to step in a golden opportunity to impress me, and stake themselves a claim for a first team place."
Further spice is added to the fixture with the fact that three All Golds players could face their former side.
James Gahan, Patrick Evans and Yannic Parker all moved to the club from the Welsh side last season.
South Wales Scorpions who lost 54-12 to London Skolars in their opening tie also have squad troubles of their own ahead of the game.
Australian half back Kayle Connor transferred to Workington Town earlier this week, with fellow countryman Haydn Peacock out injured with an ankle injury.
Hepi added: "All the squad need to do is play with more control and structure.
"If they do that and perform for a full game like they did in that 15 minute spell at the weekend where they were the better side, then the result should take care of itself."
Tickets are available at www.allgoldsrugby.com Adults cost £10 and concessions £6.
The University of Gloucetsershire All Golds side will be selected from the following: Conrad Jones, Connor Jones, Dale Cooper, James Gahan, James Greene, James Walter, Joe McClean, Joel James, Jordan Rice, Josh Williams, Marcus Brooker, Marcus Brown, Matthew Bradley, Maxime Claustres, Michael Venn, Michael Norman, Michael Stewart, Nicolas Flanaghan, Ollie Yeats, Patrick Evans, Richard Jones, Rory Sharratt, Sam Blaney, Tawanda Cuipadza, Timothy Bergin, Tyla Hepi, Yannic Parker.