Rugby trio return for massive league games

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THE city’s three rugby clubs return after a week’s break to important league fixtures this Saturday.

Bletchley will be looking to maintain their strong home form in the South West 1 league when they entertain Newbury Blues.

In the Southern Counties North, title chasing Milton Keynes have a crucial home clash against local rivals Buckingham at Emerson Valley and Olney host Aylesbury.

All three of Bletchley’s wins this season have come at Manor Fields and the visit of Newbury represents a good chance to pick up more points. Head coach Stuart Van Rooyen is demanding a victory from his side to make up for their defeat at Windsor last time out.

“It’s bodies on the line time,” he said. “Losing to Windsor really annoyed me because we had chances to win, but we couldn’t finish. It was one of those days.

“If we had beaten them we’d be sitting pretty in the league but we’re still eighth place. We’ve picked up more bonus points than anyone else in the league, but I’d rather win a game by scoring one try than get four and not win.

“Newbury are down from the league above and are below us in the table, so it’s a massive game for us. We’ve had two good contact sessions this week to keep the momentum going, which can be difficult after a week’s break.

“Pete Garrett is doing a great job with the forwards and things are going quite well this season. We want to keep that going.”