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It's a home start for Henry Paul with the Bees
Having made a successful starting debut last weekend in their shock 21-13 victory at Percy Park, Bulls legend Henry Paul makes his home starting debut on Saturday for Bradford & Bingley.
Fourth-from-bottom Bees have named an unchanged 15 for the SSE National League Three North match against Billingham, who are three places higher with a game in hand but only two points better off.
Paul’s inclusion means he will again be teaming up with Tongan centre Richard Tafa and fly half Phil Greaves, and Bees secretary Nick Patterson said: “Their aggregate age might add up to over 100 and they may not be the fastest but there is no other side in this division that can name two internationals and a former Premiership player in their midfield.
“Playing alongside Henry and Richard has put an extra spring in the step of Phil, and Henry is so good defensively and how he reads the game.
“He mixes well with the rest of the team but they also look up to him.
“Also he would have had two or three tries last Saturday were it not for some strange refereeing decisions.”
The Bees have only won four of their 13 matches so far this season and are only six points above safety.
Patterson said: “We need points in the bag but the glass is definitely half full at the moment rather than half empty.”
Bradford Salem need to go on a long unbeaten run to resurrect their promotion hopes from SSE Yorkshire Division Two.
Their 46-7 thumping at Selby last weekend was their fifth setback of the campaign and they lie a disappointing sixth.
On Saturday they entertain next-to-bottom Skipton and have Dave Howcroft back at scrum half after a calf injury but are without Dave Hutton (concussion) and Sean McLelland (arm injury).
Absentees and injuries mean that Old Grovians’ selection is relatively straightforward for their final SSE Yorkshire Division Four game in 2012.
Dan Gullick remains sidelined with a knee injury, while fellow prop James Tenholme, centre Gaz Phillips, winger Ricky Hopkinson and fly half Adam Weaving are all unavailable.
Back-row forward Harry Cody-Owen does return, however, and Brad Williams could overcome a wrist injury.
Bradford & Bingley (home to Billing-ham): B Greaves; A Wellington, R Tafa, H Paul, J Morton; P Greaves, R Scull; J Moss, E Peglau, R Wederall, A Malt-house, B Mitchell, D Cookson, G Ford, C Fisher. Replacements: M Mitchell, T Bills, J Brown.
Bradford Salem (home to Skipton): D Belcher; s Savage, J Luxton, S Gardner, D Thomas; A Robinson, D Howcroft; J Ashworth, J Bradbury, S Davies, J Morrell, S Leach, D Pearson, K Falwasser, J Cunliffe. Replacements from: C Walker, I Woodwiss, D Luxton, R Green.
Old Grovians (at Marist) from: C Blackhall, M Worrall, D Roberts, R Brown, C Cockshott, J Baker, T Dalton, H Cody-Owen, B Williams, L Downes, M Kelly, A Lesur, B Brown, J Sowden, A Griffin, A Magee, J Hinchliffe, J Bradley, J Hartley.
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