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Noah Sloot earns spot in Cambridge Rugby Club pack to face Old Elthamians in National League One



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Noah Sloot will start for Cambridge against Old Elthamians
Noah Sloot will start for Cambridge against Old Elthamians

Noah Sloot is set to return to the Cambridge back row for their home clash with Old Elthamians in National League One on Saturday (October 5).

The open-side flanker started the opening game against Rams, but has missed the past three first-team matches.

"Noah was very close last season to getting a first-team appearance having played well in the Wanderers," said Cambridge head Richie Williams.

"He really applied himself in the off-season. He is a big specimen but developed more of a subtlety around his attacking game with his ball carrying and decision making at the breakdown.

"Defensively, he is very brave and gets through a lot of work. He is pushing every week for the first team."

Captain George Bretag-Norris is also back in the fold after missing the 22-17 defeat at Rotherham Titans last weekend.

"I was probably a bit harsh [after the game]," said Williams. "On reflection, having watched the game again and had conversations, we're not a million miles away.

"There were bits and pieces but I think we were the architects of our own downfall."

Old Elthamians finished second in the table, and have started this season with two wins and two defeats, the latest result being a 27-20 win over Plymouth Albion last week.

"They will be a different proposition to what we've faced so far this year," said Williams. "They will throw the ball wide and have a really dangerous back three.

"They have a really good set piece but don't rely on their forwards.

"They have quite a few changes of personnel to what they had last season but have recruited really well.

"They were runners-up last season so will have a really good side."

Cambridge have beaten Bishop's Stortford, while their three defeats have all been close.

"The games we've lost have all been one-score games - you could probably say the same thing last season," said Williams. "They are games on another day we could have won, and the margins and differences in teams hasn't been much this year.

"As long as we can try to replicate the performances and bring a bit more consistency then I think we will be in a good position to win the game."



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