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Al Gliksten and Louis Castiglione replace Tom Banks and JP Nel for Bishop’s Stortford at Rams in National League 1

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Andy Long wants Bishop’s Stortford’s “game-breakers” to make their mark when they visit third-placed Rams in National League 1 tomorrow (February 8).

The director of rugby saw Chris Smith score a hat-trick of tries and Luis Ball, Mike Ayrton and James Thacker also dot down in the weekend’s 40-22 home victory over Hull Ionians.

And Stortford have the chance to do the double over Berkshire-based Rams having beaten them 21-11 in October’s reverse fixture.

“They’ve come into this league and had some great victories so they deserve to be where they are,” said Long.

“We know all about their strengths. We’ve got to front up to their set-piece and also play some good rugby with no fear to make them uncomfortable.

“We’ve got some game-breakers out there and I think teams realise we’ll put them under pressure all the way in games.”

Long praised Smith for his treble and was also pleased with the work rate of his men. Stortford’s players have recently started wearing GPS trackers – funded by sponsors BIT Solutions, Westbury Garden Rooms and Club Stortford – to provide lots of in-game data and statistics.

Stortford also had to play the last 25 minutes with 14 men after JP Nel received a red card for a high tackle. Long will assess the video footage before deciding whether to accept or contest the decision.

Nel and Tom Banks, who drops to the bench, are out of the line-up for the trip to Rams with Louis Castiglione and Al Gliksten coming in as Stortford make two changes. Rams have lost their last two home games to top-five rivals Blackheath and Richmond.




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