Hawks look to return to pre-Christmas form

Henley Hawks travel to play at Broadstreet in Coventry this Saturday hoping to bounce back from three consecutive defeats and return to the form they were showing pre-Christmas. 

The hosts are also struggling for form and are finding National 2 South a tough division to play in, lying second from bottom, having recorded just three victories to date this season. They played the Hawks at Dry Leas at the end of September losing 41-17.

Last Saturday, the Hawks went down at home to Tonbridge Juddians, 20-15 following a disappointing performance which meant that the Kent side secured the double over the Hawks having defeated them 20-14 in September. 

The Hawks have produced better rugby on the road this season and will be encouraged by the return of skipper, Jake Albon, to the second row. Albon was a late withdrawal due to the flu bug last weekend which means that David Hyde returns to his prime position at No. 6. There is one other change in the pack at hooker where John Wunder takes over from Tom Emery, a position they have shared in recent weeks.

The final change is in the the backs, where Alan Awcock is preferred to Liam O’Neill at centre with Jack Robinson taking over from Awcock at full back.

Broadstreet vs Henley Hawks (kick-off 2.30 p.m)

1. Kieran Ball, 2. John Wunder, 3. Joe Morris, 4. Dave Clemants, 5. Jake Albon (capt.), 6. David Hyde, 7. Tommy Haynes, 8. Matthew Tibbatts, 9. George Jackson, 10. Joe Butler, 11. Sam Portland, 12. Simon Perry, 13. Alan Awcock, 14. Xavier Andre, 15. Jack Robinson

16. George Primett, 17. Tom Emery, 18. Scott White, 19. Brad Cook, 20. Liam O’Neill