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Rival coach makes Wellington 'slight favourites'


WELLINGTON and Wiveliscombe are gearing up for the big Boxing Day clash at the Athletic Ground (2.30).

If past games between these two sides are anything to go by, it will be another close and physical encounter.
"This is one match no-one wants to miss," said Wellington coach Allyn Chetland, a former backrower who as himself played in numerous derby games.
"The form book goes out of the window. It is the biggest game in each of the clubs' calendars. It's always good to be involved in such a match - it's a one-off."
Wellington have had the better of the games in recent years, winning last season's match at Wiveliscombe 19-12.
"There's never a lot in these derbies," said Wiveliscombe coach Pete Stone. "Obviously Wellington start as slight favouirites because they play at a higher level and have home advantage.
"In the end it is all about who plays better on the day. It is such an important day for the finances of the club staging the game. It is one of those occasions when everything possible is done to make sure the game is played."
The clubs' 2nd XVs play each other in the morning - also at Wellington (11.00).

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