Havant have ‘nothing to lose’

Luke Barfoot is expected to return for Havant. Picture: Mick Young (122722-02)

Luke Barfoot is expected to return for Havant. Picture: Mick Young (122722-02)

Liam Williams sets off from his own 22 to lay on Sean O'Brien's try during the first test of the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour at Eden Park, Auckland

Former Lions forward insists it’s time to get physical

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Havant host runaway leaders East Grinstead in their final London one south home game of the season tomorrow.

The Sussex visitors have steamrollered opposition all season – remaining unbeaten and amassing over 1,000 points.

Will Knight’s side face a tall order to derail their rivals at Hooks Lane.

But the head coach is viewing the game as an opportunity.

Knight said ‘We have nothing to lose and hopefully will go out there and throw the kitchen sink at them. They are undoubtedly the class act in our league but it is a chance for our players to go out and test themselves against the best.

‘We can get a greater idea of how good we are individually and as a team.

‘As massive underdogs it is one of those challenges that come along from time to time that you have – in a perverse sort of way – got to enjoy.’

The hosts have a number of players returning in key positions.

Rob Elsmore is back at prop and Dave Sweeney comes in at outside-half for the injured Pete Living.

Loz Blackburn is available again on the wing and Luke Barfoot returns to the forwards for the first time since his injury.

Havant no longer have any relegation fears and Knight is already starting to look forward to next season.

‘This season was always going to be about consolidation and rebuilding after last season’s relegation,’ he said.

‘We knew this was going to be a difficult league and incredibly hard to get out of.

‘It has been hard work at times and things got a little tighter than we have liked.

‘A number of games were lost by narrow margins and if they had gone the other way we could have ended up in the top five.

‘We are already putting things in place for next season and building an infrastructure that will enable us to move forward.

‘As a club, we are striving to move back up the leagues in the future.’

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