Hawks set for Taunton challenge

Henley Hawks vs Taunton Titans - Sunday, March 18th, Kick-Off 2pm

Henley Hawks play their first game at Dry Leas for a month in a re-arranged game following the postponement of the match against Taunton on March 3rd due to snow and ice. 

The Hawks will be looking to build on the satisfying 27-18 victory at Bury St. Edmunds which by earning five points with four tries, they leapfrogged Bury in the league table into sixth place.

A feature of the game was a hat-trick by full back, Jack Robinson who also scored a brace the week before at Redruth. Robinson joined the Hawks from Oxford Harlequins at the start of the season and has established himself at full back after injuries sustained in the first half of the season. The fourth try was earned by the pack who were awarded a penalty try by driving Bury over their line in the set scrum.

The team selected for this game shows a complete change in the front row as tight head prop, Joe Morris is expected to be on England under 20’s duty against Ireland on.Saturday. If this happens, Dave Manning will take his place on his return after serving abroad since October. The remainder of the pack is the same as at Bury.

Apart from George Jackson and Joe Butler at half back, the backs have been re-shuffled. Sam Portland come in at left wing whilst Liam O’Neill will partner Connor Hayhow at centre. Cover on the bench for the backs will be provided by Alan Awcock and Toby Howe.

Taunton had a very good start to the season and were unbeaten until November 4th when they lost to the Hawks at home. Titans are firmly established in the top six of the league which was the Hawks ambition at the start of the season  

Henley Hawks v Taunton Titans

  1. Bradley Cook,2. Tom Emery 3. Joe Morris/DaveManning, 4. Dave Clements (capt.), 5. David Hyde,6. Tommy Haynes, 7. Scott White, 8. Marcus Lowe, 9.George Jackson, 10. Joe Butler, 11. Sam Portland, 12. Connor Hayhow, 13. Liam O’Neill, 14.Xavier Andre, 15.Jack Robinson  Replacements; 16.. Keiron Ball, 17. John Wunder, 18. Tom Hall, 19. Toby Howe, 20. Alan Awcock