Vikings Match Preview v Wimbledon (02/12/23)

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With the season nearing the halfway stage, National 2 East’s lowest placed Clubs do battle this Saturday, the Vikings travelling to Wimbledon who have won twice. Those victories against Canterbury and Westcombe Park were both back in September but their points tally has been bolstered by eight bonus points, six of them try scoring ones. They have featured in a substantial number of high scoring games and they themselves average almost four per game, high given their league position. “Wimbledon certainly pose a significant attacking threat” commented Niall Lear who was obviously disappointed by last week’s narrow defeat by Guernsey. “ We need to play in the right areas this week and be more confident than last when I felt we went into our shell after their interception try cancelled out our early lead.”He was awaiting fitness tests on backs Archie Bryan and Tawanda Kandemwa before finalising selection and, with Wes McGuire still unavailable for work reasons, it could mean a return for Harry Dye with skipper Dan Smith reverting to centre and Benji Hewitt at full back. Amongst the forwards hooker Pieter de Lange also has work commitments, so with Henly Brightman, Ethan Holmwood and Mark McCall all still injured, Kit Brodie and Tobias Sokia are likely to be in the squad.Wimbledon are no strangers to the National Leagues but were demoted in 2017 – 18, before gaining promotion last season when they lost only once. Their main try scoring threat is winger Tomasz Poniak with 10, whilst hooker Malek Touilzak is next on the list with six indicating perhaps catch and drive is a strength. Goal kicker Edward Morgan averages six points a match from the tee.The Vikings are defending an unbeaten record against Wimbledon, beating them twice in 2021 – 22, the only season they have previously been in the same league. There was only three points dividing the teams in the December match at Scottow but the return was a comprehensive 17 – 30 win for the visitors.

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