Valu gets reserves run out

Date published: Friday, June 18, 2010

OUR Kiwi forward Valu Bentley is down to play in the reserves at Hunslet tonight (8.00pm kick off) in order to regain full match fitness.

After ten weeks out with a collar bone injury, he was back on first-team duty in the win against Doncaster at Whitebank last Sunday, watched by his brother Andrew, who had played for France against England at Leigh the night before.

A hooker with Catalans Dragons, Andrew qualifies to play for France on residential grounds, having lived there since he was a boy.

Valu Bentley

Valu was rushed straight back into Oldham’s senior side because Craig Robinson and Luke Sutton were out injured, but after being sidelined since he was hurt at South Wales Scorpions on April 11 it was always planned that he would work his way back via the second team.

A 20-man squad at Hunslet is comprised of the 17 players on duty in last week’s 44-16 win against Sheffield, plus Bentley, full-back Ross Coates and hooker Austen Barrowclough.

Team (from): Brocklehurst, McMullen, Knight, Walker, Chetwynd, Connick, Diveney, Mellor, Mansfield, Marsden, Watkins, Ward, Bentley, Hatton, Cadd, Joy, Smith, Coates, Barrowclough, Williams.

John Hough’s boys are seeking their fourth win in a row, having piled up an aggregate 150 points in their last three outings, and they will be seeking a league double at the South Leeds Stadium to pilot them into the upper reaches of the Reserves Championship.

Roughyeds fans can watch England’s clash with Algeria tonight in soccer’s World Cup on big-screen TV in the Whitebank club.