Henley Hawks having won their last two games, at Dry Leas, hope to maintain their winning form when they play away at Clifton, this Saturday, kick-off 2.30p.m.
The Bristol based side, the training base of thepremier club, liejust one place ahead of them in Division 2 (South) in ninth position on 56 pointshaving won twelve games, three more than the Hawks. Howevr they have recorded the fewest bonus points, eight, in the league. They had themeasure of them when the two sidesmet in early Novemberat Dry Leas, 23-13..
The Hawks, of late, have been able play withmore settled sides. The trend continues with Rob Bell returning after a week away and he will team up with Tom Hall, who returnedafter a two week absence to score a brace of tries against Barnes last week. They will to form a formidableback row although the improving Marcus Sims is rested because of a minor injury and his place goes to David Hyde moving across from No.6 . Thefront five, which now has the benefitof Ziana Montout-Alexisavailable in the front row, show one change. In recent games the Hawks have hada reliable supply of ball from their line outs with both hookersTom Emery and Stuart Philpott finding their jumpers. At Clifton, Philpott will start with Emery on the bench. The Hawks are blessed now with tall men skipper Dave Clements, David Hyde and Jake Alboncalling the shots. . They will need them to be on their mettle at Clifton for the home side always fieldstrong big versatile packs.
The Hawks are now also fielding more strike runners amongst the backs with the advent of Sam Portland, who was not available for selection last week, and Ben Rath, who has recentlyjoined from London Scottish likely to play at full back after a good performance on the wing against Barnes, switching with Liam O’Neill who moves to the wing where he has proved a good finisher.
If the Hawks can get this burgeoning talent on their booksto play as a unit victory at Clifton is not beyond them.
The successful Henley Colts side, who scored 80 points against High Wycombe Colts last week, play St. Austell in the National Shield on Sunday March 5th at Dry Leas, kick off 2.30 pm. Full Bar facilities available.