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Blues look for first point

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NEWBURY BLUES go to Lydney on Saturday with both clubs searching for their first point of the season in National League Two South.
Newbury produced an improved display against Henley last week, but will still face a testing task across the Severn against a side that lost 34-16 at home to Ealing on the season's opening day and 30-19 at Taunton last week after conceding four tries in the opening 20 minutes.
“We know what to expect and how tough it will be,” said Blues' director of rugby Andy Widdop. “The first time I went there, their crowd was vocal in telling their team how to play – and that was not with a rugby ball!”
The trip will bring back memories of Blues' ‘golden era' of 1996-7 when they went to Lydney for a midweek cup tie in the wake of the infamous ‘boils plague' and secured a huge win that took them to Leicester in the next round.
Now Division Two South survival is the target and Blues are itching to get off the mark.
They will, however, be without French centre Laurent Chaffre, who broke a finger against Henley while prop Matt Oliver injured a shoulder and is doubtful.
Fellow prop Robbie Arthur came through a midweek test for the second XV in a midweek 40-points defeat at home to Bath University, and fly half Lloyd Cole has also recovered from a shoulder knock while winger Karl Buttle returns.

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