Henley Hawks have their longest away fixture this Saturday when they travel down to Cornwall to play Redruth (K.O - 2:30pm). This is the only game of the season where they have to stay overnight on the way.
The two teams have been keen rivals over the years with the home team looking to complete the double over the Hawks having had the better of the of the previous fixture at Dry Leas (42-22) in October.
For the majority of the season the two sides have been chasing each other in the league, however with good results prior to Christmas the Hawks have got the edge rising to their highest position, 5th.
Unfortunately for the last two weeks the Hawks have lost their edge, with lacklustre performances against two sides below them in the league, Barnstaple (away) and Wimbledon (home) who are playing to avoid relagation. It is also true that Redruth have not been consistent also losing to Wimbledon 33-26 in early January.
There are a growing number of injuries for the Hawks. Our captain Jake Albon continues to be under treatment so this means that David Hyde will continue in the second row. Almost inevitably the front row also suffers some injuries. Brad Cook suffered concussion last Saturday but fortunately Joe Morris is not required for the triumphant England under 20 squad. The back row will include flanker Max Berry, on loan from London Scottish.
George Jackson returns to scrum-half to partner Joe Butler, however with injuries to Simon Perry and Liam O’Neill, Will Janes comes into the centre as a replacement to partner Alan Awcock.
The bench includes the older and newer squad members. Jim Hadfield is again called upon to cover an injured Keiron Black and Toby Howe who has played consistently for the Bulls will cover the backs. The replacements also include Matthew Tibbatts who has been unavailable after scoring a hat trick of tries in the last game the Hawks won, at Broadstreet. A victory against the “old enemy” in the Duchy would be most welcome to the morale of the team.
Henley Hawks v Redruth ( kick-off 14.30).
1. George Primett, 2. John Wunder, 3. Joe Morris, 4. Dave Clements, 5. David Hyde, 6. Max Berry, 7. Tommy Haynes, 8. Marcus Lowe, 9. George Jackson, 10. Joe Butler, 11. Xavier Andre, 12. Alan Awcock, 13. Will Janes, 14. Sam Portland, 15. Jack Robinson