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RUGBY: Weymouth may be forced to forfeit game
WEYMOUTH could be forced to forfeit tomorrow’s league meeting with Wimborne, it has been revealed.
The club has already had to scratch one Southern Counties South fixture this season and there are fears they might have to do the same again.
Speaking before last night’s training session, head coach Chris Plummer rated the chances of the game going ahead at Mon-mouth Avenue as “50-50”.
Weymouth’s problem, as was the case when they had to scratch their match against Wells, centres around a lack of options in the front row.
“It doesn’t look like we are going to be able to raise three sides for this weekend,” said Plummer. “We’ve got two front row players available for the firsts but are hoping the issues might resolve themselves in time for the game.
“If things don’t work out we will be in the same position as we were for the Wells match.
“We could look at getting players from the seconds to step up but in their front row they have one guy in his 40s and one in his 50s.
“You just can’t pitch these guys into senior level rugby, they are not going to survive, the step up from their league to ours is too big.
“We are looking at other options such as asking players if they would change positions or we could negotiate with Wimborne the sort of side they put out so as to make a game of it, although we would forego the points.”
Plummer is hardly thinking about the result, his top priority is getting a team out on the pitch.
And it’s not something he wants to consider yet but if Wey-mouth, or any side, withdraw from a certain number of fixtures they risk being ex-pelled from the league.
“If you fail to fulfil 25 per cent of your matches, you run the risk of being expelled,” he added. “That means we have to fulfil 16 or 17 games to avoid that.
“As a coach, it does go through your mind and we are two or three injuries away from that rearing its head.
“People might think we could just put second-team players in but the gulf in class is massive and that’s something I’ve found out over the years.
“If we were able to play more of a development side it might give Colts and second-team players an opportunity, but it’s an unforgiving level to play at.
“We have to think about the risk of injury to players playing out of position and who haven’t got much experience in this league.”
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