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Jones brothers leading Westcliff charge
WESTCLIFF’S London One North rivals have been unable to keep up with the Joneses so far this season.
For brothers OIiver and Jack Jones have played a huge part in guiding their team to the top of the table.
And Oliver, a winger who has already scored 16 tries this season, admits playing alongside his sibling has made the success even sweeter.
“I am 23 now and joined Westcliff with my brother Jack when I was seven and him six and we have played ever since which has been great,” said Oliver.
“But I have been playing rugby at Loughborough University for the last four years and as a result have only played bit parts for Westcliff until this season.
“I love being part of the potential league winning squad for the whole season.
“Jack has also been unavailable for Westcliff in recent years, which makes going back to The Gables this season extra special for the both of us and we’re really enjoying it.”
Westcliff are currently a point clear of second placed Eton Manor but have a played a game more than their title rivals.
However, Westcliff have now won three games in a row after enduring a dip in form.
And Oliver now wants to keep the run going with a victory at sixth placed Ruislip this weekend.
“We may have beaten Ruislip 83-19 at the beginning of the season but it is common knowledge that Ruislip are undefeated at home this season so it’s a very hard place to have to go,” said Oliver.
“They’ve beaten teams such as Chingford, who we lost to, along the way, so we are preparing for a tough game.
“But, at the same time, I do think that with our new and improved mauling and game management we should come away with the win.”
That was certainly the case last weekend as the Jones brothers combined well to help Westcliff beat bottom of the table Old Haberdashers 39-5.
And that delighted Oliver, who is confident the team can maintain the good form to win the league and secure an immediate return to National Three London & SE.
“We still have to play Eton Manor away but I am confident, with the new mauling dynamic that the forward coaches have implemented, combined with the traditional Westcliff flair, we have more than enough to win the league,” said Oliver.
“The boys went into the game last weekend well aware that Old Haberdashers’ position in the league didn’t truly reflect the quality of the opposition we were facing and accordingly we prepared for a team that loves to spread the ball wide with real pace and power.
“With a solid game plan, great defence and a very effective driving maul we were able to suffocate Old Haberdashers of territory and ball and get a convincing win, with their only points of the game coming from a temporary transitional positional error.
“More of the same would be great this weekend,” he added