Rugby:Allan back for trip to Maidstone

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Allan, who usually plays for Plymouth Albion, will be available for ‘the next two or three weeks,’ according to club coach Dai Burton, and his pairing alongside captain Steve O’Brien will be a boost to the team, who currently have 17 points to Maidstone’s 18 in London South 2.

‘I think we gave them a shock when we beat them last time at St Peter,’ said Burton.

‘We won quite easily in the end but they’ve gone their last six games undefeated, so they’re on a roll.

‘This will be a big game for us.

What we’ll have to do is what we did against Beckenham two weeks ago, and disrupt them in the forwards.

‘From what I can remember they’re a big side, who enjoy forcing a lot of driving mauls.

We’ve really got to get amongst them.’ With no Jon Brennan or Marc Peters on the bench, to beef up the pack in the second half, Jersey do have giant former Sheffield player Gareth Davies to bring on, plus line-out jumper James Simpson.

‘There’s pace, too,’ said Burton, ‘and at this level we know that scrum-halves don’t always last a full 80 minutes because they have to do more running than anyone.

So we’re fortunate to have Paul Nayar in the squad, to replace Dave Miles and keep up the pace.

‘What we have to do first, though, is to take them on in the forwards; not to let them play to any structure; which clubs at this level are coached to do.’ Steve Mee returns on the wing, and he will take over the kicking duties from the unavailable Darren Toudic, while Nathan Kemp, Latu Maka’afi and John Allo make up a formidable back row.

Team: Marcus Nobes, Josh Chamier, James Brimelow, Ian Henderson, Roger Quirk, John Allo, Nathan Kemp, Latu Maka’afi , Dave Miles, Sam Cummins, Ryan Morgan, Steve O’Brien, Ross Allan, Steve Mee, Gareth Jeffreys.

Replacements: Gareth Davies, James Simpson, Paul Nayar, Mark Le Mottée.

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