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Curry on the line in Mannion v Westall wager
THE race to be Swindon’s top scorer is hotting up thanks to a spicy wager between try machine Tom Mannion and skipper Adam Westall.
In the head-to-head bet between the two whoever touches down the most times for the South West 1 East league leaders side this season will be taken out for a curry by the other, with Mannion leading the contest 8-2 after the first four games.
The number eight scored four tries in the 40-31 win over Marlow before adding another in Saturday’s victory over Newbury Blues, and while he will take great pleasure in beating his good friend over the course of the season he insisted he can’t take all the credit.
“We seem to be gelling well in the forwards more than we have in the past, and in every game we’ve played we’ve dominated in the forwards with some great drives and mauls having been more known for our play in the backs for the last few years,” he said.
“At the moment we’re quite a dominant force in the pack which is really pleasing, and it’s helped me score plenty of tries.
“I’ve got a bit of competition going with Adam Westall over who’s going to score the most tries, with the loser having to buy a curry, so hopefully I can keep that going and make him put his hand in his pocket.
“I can’t take too much credit though because going forward as a number eight makes it so much easier because you can get straight behind the players, although I’m pretty happy with how I’m playing.
“A lot of my tries have come from the back of the scrum which is really a team try, but I suppose 50 per cent of them have come because I’m feeling a bit fitter and not holding back from my injury.
“I’ve had a heel injury for the last few years but that’s cleared up now and I’m back to playing how I was, and that makes it a lot more enjoyable.”
The Greenbridge Road men travel to fellow unbeaten side Oxford Harlequins this weekend, and although Mannion admitted he and his teammates know very little about their local rivals the forward is expecting Swindon to put in another good display.
“We are playing some really nice rugby at the moment and with every game we play we seem to be making some real progress which is pleasing,” he said.
“It’s obviously going to be a big match for us against Oxford, and although we don’t know all the much about them we do know that they came down a league at the end of last season so they are going to be a strong side.
“Playing a new team is always interesting and a test for us, but it’s exciting times for the club at the moment and it’s great to be a part of that so we are not intimidated by anyone.
“We’ve scored around 40 points in each game we’ve played so I’m sure they’ll be worried about us, but we are away from home so we will probably go into the game as underdogs.
“I’m confident we can win though, and if they look at our results recently they should be intimidated by us.”
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