HEREFORD HARRIERS WHEELCHAIR RUGBY CLUB Ride The Steep Learning Curve Of The Countries’ Elite Premiership League

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The Harriers have made a promising start in their bid to compete with the best, considering they have been plagued by injuries to key players. So far they have been unable to field a strong starting 5 on the park, and have had to shuffle positions around with lots of interchanges. “We have had a very unfortunate season so far with our premiership campaign, but we will continue to learn and improve our squad as best we can,” said Harriers’ captain Gerraint Price. “It has given the rest of our squad a chance to compete with the best and see what is really expected of a Hereford Harrier.”

“All things aside, we have played some good ‘Hereford rugby’, and scored a fair few points against sides such as Leeds Rhinos, Halifax and St. Helen’s, and come very close to wins against North Wales Crusaders and the Argonauts from Dartford,” said Chris Knapton from Fluidmaster, the main sponsor of Hereford Harriers Wheelchair Rugby Club. 

Meanwhile, four of the Hereford Harriers Rugby League players were selected for international duties in Rugby Union. Andy Holley and Matt Wooloff were representing England 7’s, whilst Scotty Trigger and Mark Williams were selected to represent Wales 7’s, in Ebbw Vale Wheelchair Sports Club’s first birthday tournament. The event consisted of five teams, including hosts: Ebbw Vale, England, Wales, the Fire Brigade, and a side from the Ambulance Services. It was a very close, competitive tournament, which ended with England 7’s taking on Wales 7’s in the final. Wales got off to a flying start with Harriers winger, Scotty Trigger scoring a try under the posts. England responded with some very well worked set plays and miss moves in the middle of the park, releasing the England backs to weave through the strong Welsh defence for some impressive tries. Wales came back with some great tries of their own, and it was fairly even, Wales 36 – 42 England, at half time. Wales continued to pile on the pressure in the second half, but a very strong second period for England resulted in England taking the first ever annual Ebbw Vale 7’s tournament crown. Wales 76 – 100 England.

Hereford Harriers Wheelchair Rugby Club train at Hereford Leisure Centre. The club welcomes new members male or female, able-bodied or disabled, of any age and fitness level. Tel: 07957 949 224 Facebook: Hereford Harriers Wheelchair Rugby Club 

Pictured: All the teams that took part: England, Wales, Ebbw Vale, Ambulance and Fire Brigade. The two finalists England and Wales. Below: England receiving the Winners’ Shield.

Fluidmaster is the main sponsor of the Hereford Harriers. Andy Holley is employed by Fluidmaster, based in Hereford.

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