With this fixture having succumbed to the Beast from the East on the 3rd March and then again two weeks later, everyone at the Club is hoping that it will be 3rd time lucky when the two sides meet on Good Friday at Dry Leas, kick-off 2.30pm.
The Hawks will be looking to improve on the 30-30 with Canterbury last Saturday in an entertaining, yet error-strewn game. Hawks Scrum Half, George Jackson had a perfect day with the boot converting three tries and three penalties to score 15 points. However, Canterbury outscored the Hawks by five tries to three and if their kicker, Tom Best had brought his kicking boots with him, they would certainly have walked away with the win. As it was, Best had a day to forget which included missing a relatively straightforward penalty with the last kick of the game.
Our visitors this afternoon, Taunton started the season in fine form being undefeated until 4th November when they went down to the unpredictable Hawks 42-31. They are now 4th in the league and last weekend lost to Redingensians
at Bath Road 31-15. The Hawks will nevertheless be on their guard against Gary Kingdom, the former Exeter Chiefs full back who has amassed 201 points this season and their leading try scorer (17), Aaron Struminski.
The Hawks as always have changes in the front row from last week with Brad Cook having his first game at hooker, rather than prop and Dave Manning starting as tight head prop. In the backs, Simon Perry takes over from Alan Awcock.
The Hawks still have a target to finish in the top six in the league, so this game will be a big challenge for them.
1. Keiron Ball, 2. Brad Cook, 3. Dave Manning, 4. Dave Clements (capt.) 5. David Hyde. 6. Tommy Haynes, 7. Max Berry, 8. Marcus Lowe, 9. George Jackson, 10. Joe Butler, 11. Sam Portland, 12. Connor Hayhow, 13. Simon Perry, 14. Xavier Andre, 15. Jack Robinson
16. Jim Hadfield, 17. George Primett, 18. Scott White, 19. Toby Howe, 20. Toby Venner