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Blues hit the hard road to Grove

Oxfordshire side battling the drop will mount fierce oppposition

Malcolm Howe



NEWBURY BLUES face another relegation-haunted side when they go to Grove on Saturday.

The Oxfordshire team have been dragged into the mix after a run of six straight defeats, but Blues head coach Lee Goodall expects the customary offensive from them on Saturday.

“We know what we will get,” he said. “It’s Grove away and we know what that brings, know what it’s like and how they play.

“It will be be physical game as we have got to let our rugby do the talking and not worry about anything else, and we win, that will put them in the realms of relegation.”

Blues hammered Swanage and Wareham 66-7 last week, but will be without three members of that side with back row Matt Horne and fly half and kicker Ryan Trevaskis unavailable and Josh Bartlett suspended but Goodall can add several members of the Stags to the squad after their own mauling of their Beaconsfield counterparts.

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