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Grieve aiming to build on comeback performance

Iain Grieve made a welcome return to action last weekend when he came off the bench for the last 30 minutes of Ealing Trailfinders British and Irish Cup match at home to Moseley.

It marked just over a month since he had last been in action, against Jersey in the Greene King IPA Championship at the start of December. While he was unable to help stop the team from losing 37-26, it does mean that he can now lend his experience to helping the team push up the Championship table. 

“It was good to be back at the weekend, unfortunately we didn’t get the result, ” he said. “It has been a couple of frustrating months for me, but I’m good to be back playing and good to be back fully training and happy to be putting my hand up for the coaches. 

“It takes a couple of weeks to get the body hardness back and hopefully I can get involved this weekend.”

The former Bristol and Plymouth Albion back-rower’s return to fitness means that he is likely to be involved in some form in the next Championship match, away to Cornish Pirates at the Mennaye Field in Penzance on Sunday. 

Grieve was part of the Ealing Trailfinders team the last time the sides met, in September. Rhys Crane, Phil Chesters and a penalty try helped Ben Ward’s side to their first win of the season with a 28-17 victory at Vallis Way. 

Since then though the Pirates have established themselves in mid-table in the Championship and go into the match on a run of eight wins in the last nine matches. 

“They’ve got a really good support system and a good following and their supporters like to let you know that nobody’s welcome, ” Grieve added. “If we can get the win it will be excellent for us for the rest of the season. 

“It won’t be all try-scoring and a shiny game, it is going to be horrible and a horrible pitch, but we’ve done a lot of work on the grass pitch to help us get used to the conditions this weekend. I haven’t been to the Mennaye for a long time, but it is always a good game.”