Boults out ‘four to six weeks’

Date published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

OLDHAM Rugby League Club’s push for promotion from Championship One will continue without Jason Boults for at least the next month.

The long-serving Roughyeds prop, who broke a finger in training, has been told it will be four to six weeks before he can play again.

At best, that will put him out of the next three games at Gateshead Thunder, at Oxford and at home to South Wales Scorpions.

The next game after those, five weeks from now on the last Sunday in July, is the big one — Oldham v North Wales Crusaders at Whitebank, the clash of the teams currently placed first and second.

As the weeks go by, Boults will probably target that match for his comeback, given that he is resilient and a quick healer as underlined by the remarkably few games he has missed in his seven years at the club.
“My only target right now is to get back as quickly as possible,” said 29-year-old Boults, the elder statesman of a young Oldham pack.
He returned from his latest visit to a fracture clinic in Halifax with the finger in a splint and the good news that there appears to be only one break, not two as first thought.
He added: “Four to six weeks is what they say, but I think I’ll be okay before then. It seems a long time.
“This was the last thing I wanted, especially with all the big games we have coming up.
“We’ve shown we can compete with anybody in Championship One.
“We just need North Wales to slip up somewhere and if we can win our remaining seven games we’ll have cracked it.”
Oldham go to second-bottom Gateshead on Sunday while top-of-the-table Crusaders are at home to third-placed Rochdale Hornets in a match which, either way, will significantly change the situation of the leading group.
The Gateshead-Oldham game will be played at Filtrona Park in South Shields, the home of South Shields FC.
Roughyeds also wish to clear up some confusion regarding their home game with North Wales on Sunday, July 28, which will definitely go ahead at Whitebank on that date.
Some fixtures lists mistakenly schedule that weekend for the Northern Rail Finals day at Halifax in which North Wales will play London Skolars in the inaugural Northern Rail Bowl.
The Northern Rail finals, in fact, will be played at The Shay on Saturday, July 20, so there will be no clash with the Oldham v North Wales game on July 28.