Henley Hawks resume fixtures in Division 2 (South) after a two week break, with winter temperatures and snow causing the game against Taunton, at Dry Leas, to be postponed and the Six Nations Tournament meant that their was a pause in the league programme the week before.
Prior to this they travelled to Cornwall to play Redruth, their longest journey of the season. This resulted in a remarkable game of rugby, with the Hawks sadly losing 38-49 despite scoring six tries. This Saturday they again have a long trip to the most senior club in Suffolk, Bury St. Edmunds, who also had a high scoring encounter in their last game when they defeated Canterbury, at home, 46-28.
At present Bury St Edmunds are one point ahead of the Hawks in 6th place. In November the Hawks won a close encounter 27-20 at Dry Leas and they can expect to have a very close encounter this week.
The Hawks welcome back prop Dave Manning who has been unavailable since October on overseas assignments. On the down side they will be without skipper Jake Albon who has a long term injury which means he will be out for the rest of the season. David Hyde will take his place in the second row in the meantime.
There is a strong replacements line-up including Brad Cook in the front row who was a regular at Bury St Edmunds last season where he featured as their regular place kicker. Cover for the backs is provided by Sam Portland with Liam O’Neill taking his place on the wing. Toby Howe, who has had a good season playing for the Bulls, made a brief appearance as a replacement in the last game for the Hawks against Redruth.
Henley Hawks v Bury St.Edmunds (kick-off 3 p.m)
15. Jack Robinson, 14. Liam O’Neill, 13. Will Janes, 12. Connor Hayhow, 11. Xavier Andre, 10. Joe Butler, 9. George Jackson, 1. Dave Manning, 2. John Wunder, 3. Kieran Ball, 4. Dave Clements (C), 5.David Hyde, 6. Tommy Haynes, 7. Scott White, 8. Marcus Lowe
16. Brad Cook, 17. Tom Emery, 18. Tom Hall, 19. Toby Howe, 20. Sam Portland