For the third time in the six league games, the Hawks play a newly promoted side when they travel to play Old Redcliffians this Saturday (kick-off 3pm). This side, which play at Brislington in Bristol, were promoted from National League 3 South West last season and have never played Henley sides before.
As it stands, they have yet to win a game this season and are bottom of the league earning just one bonus point. Last week they lost 45-21 to Clifton but did score three converted tries in the second half.
The Hawks approach this game after a comfortable home victory, 41-17 over another promoted side, Broadstreet last Saturday. Although this means they approach game this buoyed with a deal of confidence, for various reasons, they have to start with a side that shows five changes from that which began the game against Broadstreet.
Two of these changes are amongst the forwards. David Hyde, last season’s player of the year, will start at No. 6, rather than his preferred position of lock. This allows Michal Kruzycki, to start his first game at No.5 having previously been on the bench as a replacement. Dave Clements will take his place there.
The backs also show three changes. Connor Murphy, contrary to previous information is still available for selection prior to leaving to play in the U.S.A and will start at scrum-half where he will also make a valuable contribution with his place kicking. Unfortunately, Alan Awcock is not available because of work commitments so that means Simon Perry will take his place at centre. However, the Hawks do welcome back Sam Portland after injury, which has put him on the side lines for all games to date.
Henley Hawks v Old Redcliffians
15. Liam O’Neill, 14. Xavier Andre, 13.Will Janes, 12. Simon Perry, 11. Sam Portland, 10. Joe Butler, 9. Connor Murphy, 1. Brad Cooke, 2. Tom Emery, 3. Dave Manning, 4, Jake Albon (capt.) 5. Michal Kruzycki, 6. David Hyde, 7. Rob Bell, 8. Marcus Lowe,
Replacements: 16. George Primett, 17. Ian Stock, 18. Dave Clements, 19. Scott White/Matthew Tibbatts, 20. George Jackson