Hartpury’s Director of Rugby John Barnes has said it’s all to play for as his university side head into the final two fixtures of the BUCS Super Rugby, starting with Cardiff Met at home this evening (7pm kick off).
Following last week’s narrow loss to championship rivals Loughborough, Hartpury will be hoping to stay top of the pile with a win over Cardiff to leave them as frontrunners heading into the league’s final round of fixtures next week.
“Last week’s result obviously leaves it all to play for in the final two games and Cardiff are a tough side to play,” Barnes said.
“They’re a physical team and will come at us hard, making it a tough encounter as always. Both sides have players missing through the Under-20s internationals and injury but that will not stop it from being a physical encounter.”
Hartpury will unfortunately be without Jamie Forrester through injury while Harry Wilson is still sidelined. The home team will however welcome back Maliq Holden and Victor Pisano to the fold.
“The boys did really well last week to stay in the game after being 15-3 down and it was unfortunate not to see that final kick to go over at the end to get the draw. It was only a couple of small errors which cost us and we’ll look to put that right this week.”
Heading into this evening’s game Hartpury are top of the league on 48 points with Loughborough – who play the University of Bath tonight – two points adrift in second. Exeter, who are still vying for a top-two spot are a further four points behind but have a game in hand over their league rivals. They face fourth placed Durham this afternoon.