|The Beavers are understandably nursing a sense of injustice after serious injuries have robbed them of the spine of the side. Influential skipper and No.8 Dave Worrall - sent off for punching Chocky [scoring below] in the first fixture - is out for the season, while playmaker Phil Duboulay broke his leg two weeks ago joining Matt Adams, James McKay, and Tony Riby-French as long term injuries.|
|Fortunately for the East Yorkshire side, Bishop Burton College is just up the road and they have been able to bring in some young talent to fill the gaps. As a result in the last three games they've beaten Waterloo and Birkenhead Park and lost narrowly to Mowden Park. |
However, all of those games were at home and Beverley have yet to win an away game this season. If they're to overhaul Penrith, or even Burnage, they'll have to win at either Brinkburn or Rossendale as well as win their last two home games.
They will arrive with a strong looking back row including skipper Junior Tupai who is always a threat. He will be partnered by former Rugby League legend Stanley Gene who has left it very late in his sporting life to realise the error of his ways - but credit to the PapuaNew Guinea star for attempting to learn the Rugby Union laws. Last time out he did manage to get two yellow cards for failing to get out of the way and then discussing the matter with the referee rather too colourfully. More about Stanley here.
He finds himself involved in a dogfight down at the bottom and one we are delighted to avoid.
Instead, our eyes are set on a commendable fifth place and a decent win against Beverley could just push us in front of Birkenhead Park. They travel to second placed Rossendale.
West will continue with Gareth Foreman [right] at scrum half but brother Andrew has made a remarkable recovery from his jaw and cheekbone fractures. He was due to play for the Stags before work commitments got in the way.
The only change to last week's starting line-up is in the centre where Luke Watson is injured and Paul Moss starts.
Anth Carr is available and will provide front row cover on a strong looking bench with Peter Hodgson and Stephen Stockdale.
| Ben Lloyd continues alongside Chocky in the second row and expect another barnstorming performance from centre cum prop Adam Coates - his workmates have kindly clubbed together to sponsor the game.|
West: Adam Larkin, Greg Edwards, Andrew Cheslin, Paul Moss Luke Watson, Scott Butcher, Stu Waites, Gareth Foreman, Michael Hogan, Liam Bailey, Adam Coates, Ben Lloyd, Andrew Davies, Dan Boatman [C], Jon Boatman, Gareth Eddy. Reps: Peter Hodgson, Anth Carr, Stephen Stockdale.
Beverley: Richard Bussey, Goran Jelencic, Stanley Gene, Junior Tupai (capt), James Graham, Iain Archibald, Chris Infield, Francis Pickering, Kris Renwick, Alex Ogilvie, Max Alderson, Fraley Hopa, Johnny Stephenson, Dale Hodgson, Brandon Hannam Reps: Tom Bagnall, Manu Kirkwood, Jack Howdel