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Richard Tafa's injury woes are unfounded at Bees
Fears that Bradford & Bingley centre Richard Tafa has broken a hand have proved unfounded.
Harrogate Rugby Union Club’s website stated that the Tongan had suffered the injury after making a high tackle during the SSE National League Three North match between the club’s last weekend.
However, the Bees have been quick to point out that Tafa is not only okay but it wasn’t even a high tackle and that he should figure for them on Saturday at home to Waterloo, meaning assistant coach Henry Paul will have to wait at least another week for his debut.
The hosts are hopeful that second row Richard Hughes will be available again after a knee problem.
Baildon have named 17-year-old centre Elliott Morgan, a new signing from West Park Leeds, on the bench for their SSE Yorkshire Division Three home match against Hemsworth.
They also have Jonny Picken back after two weeks out with a neck injury.
He slots in at centre, while second row Tom Peel joins Morgan among the five replacements.
Bradford Salem face the prospect of taking on Doncaster Phoenix on the south Yorkshire club’s second-team pitch in a SSE Yorkshire Division Two match while Wibsey meet Doncaster Amateurs in SSE Yorkshire Division Five on the first-team pitch.
The apparent anomaly can be explained because Amateurs are a second string of Doncaster Knights, while Phoenix are an offshoot from the same club.
Full back Danny Belcher and prop Dave Luxton return for Salem.
Cleckheaton, who are nearing full strength, have moved Iain Gordon back to fly half for their SSE North One East match at home to Malton & Norton. Mark Sergeant is at flanker.
Wharfedale visit a third new venue in four SSE National League One away matches – Old Albanians.
Wharfedale (at Old Albanians): T Davidson; N Taylor, J Donkin, A Hodgson, S Horsfall; L Gray, J Gough; C Steel, I Larkin, M Tampin, R Brown, R Rhodes, A Allen, A Myers, J Tyson. Replacements: S Graham, A Howard, J Mason, L Davies, P Woodhead.
Cleckheaton (home to Malton & Norton): R Hayden; M Woodhead, J Marshall, Matt Piper, J Wilson; I Gordon, J Bickerdike; B Thrower, S Worsley, P Turner, G Turton, R Piercy, M Sergeant, O Akroyd, R Piper. Replacements: D Nolan, C Piper, J Toulson.
Bradford Salem (at Doncaster Phoenix): D Belcher; R Jolly, S Savage, S Gardner, C Walker; A Robinson, D Howcroft; D Luxton, S Markey, S Davies, S Leach, J Cunliffe, D Pearson, K Falwasser, D Hutton. Replacements: T Williams, D Davkothari, S McLelland.
Baildon (home to Hemsworth): N Lister; H Lister, J Huss, J Picken, JJ O’Connell; J Duxbury, B Newton; A Hewitt, T Craven, P Lowth, A Pollard, P Wilson, A Magee, A Beaumont, D Pollard. Replacements: S Emmitt, G Price, T Peel, J Dawson, E Morgan.