Henley Hawks travel to the Forest of Dean to play Cinderford this Saturday (kick-0ff 3 pm). The sides have become traditional rivals over the years. Neither side has exercise a particular dominance and the results usual favour the home side.
Last season the Hawks won at Dry Leas 27-13 whilst Cinderford, Cindy, as they are known in thus heart of Gloucestershire rugby, won ading dong encounter 34-27 there. Although the Hawks had the best aggregate score, it was a game that did not prevent either club avoiding relegation from Division 1.
An important deciding factor in the game at Cinderfordwas the place kicking of fly-half James Mossop, the home fly-half on his debut who scored 14 points from four conversions and two penalties. The Hawks won bragging rights as far as tries scored were concerned.
Henley returned to winning form last Saturday with an exciting home victory in a high scoring game against league newcomers Bury St. Edmunds . The Hawks scored six tries to five and after falling behind in the first half 24-12 ran out winners 41-36. A feature of their try scoring was a brace by Tom Parton, playing at full back, on his debut. Also of note was the first game in the No 8. positionof David Hyde.
The Hawks unfortunately have been forced to make changes for the game at Cinderford. Parton, who is dual registered with London Irish has been recalled by them to play in the first round of the British and Irish Cup against Ospreys. Liam O’Neil reverts to N0.15 .lThe Hawks will also be without prop Ziana Montout-Alexis who is on loan from Ealing and they require him to be available for a game inthe same competitionagainst Leeds Carnegie.
As a replacement in the backs the Hawks will have Connor Hayhow who has recovered from the injury suffered against Barnes and he will feature at left wing with Xavier Andre on the right after not being available against Bury. As far as the front row are concerned Stuart Philpott will be available as a replacement after the safe delivery at the end of last week of his first child.
As far as the Cinderford side is concerned they will include Moffatt who was again in fine goal kicking form last week against London Irish Wild Geese scoring 15 points in their 35- 24 victory in which they scored four tries. With points flowing aplenty this season this should again be a high scoring game
Henley Bulls are also travelling to play Cinderford United in a Zoo Premier merit table game.
Henley Hawks v Cinderford
15. Liam O’Neill, 11. Connor Hayhow,12. Joe Butler, 13. Tom Gardner, !4. Xavier Andre, 10. James Comben, . 9.George Jackson, 1. Bradley Cook, 2. Tom Emery, 3. Barnaby Abdel-Weir, 4. Dave Clements (Capt.) , 5. Jake Albon,6 Tom Hall, 7. Connor Morrison, 8. David Hyde 16.Stuart Philpott, 17. Zaki Chamnaoui, 18. Iwan Davies,19. Charlie Davey, James Stephenson-Wright
Henley bulls v Cinderford
1 George Primett (Oxford), 2 Charlie Sichel, 3 Jamie Woodstock, 4 Tyler Wint, 5 Matt Thomas, 6 Scott White , 7 Jimmy Wright, 8 George Lane, (Burford), 9 Liam Eaton (Burford), 10 Toby Howe, 11 Cameron Ives , 12 Dave Hankinson (c) (Burford), 13 Will Janes, 14 Harry Burn (Oxford), 15 Tommy Haynes, 16 Ash Hayden, 17 Josh Collis, 18 Sam Middleton, 29 Teddy Hewins