Havant eye winning end to season at bogey club

Back-row member Gav Hart misses Havant's season finale at Dover  Picture: Mick Young
Back-row member Gav Hart misses Havant's season finale at Dover Picture: Mick Young
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Havant bring the curtain down on their London one south season with a long trip to Dover tomorrow (3pm).

Senior coach Will Knight is insisting his team finish the season on a high with another win.

He said: ‘We have never won at Dover so that is a little target for us and another wrong we can right.

‘It is important that we go there with the right attitude because there is nothing on it.

‘Both teams will want to finish on a high and we certainly won’t be treating it as an end-of-season jolly.

‘It would be nice to go into the summer with a positive result behind us.’

Havant travel without three of their back-row; Steve Cruddas, Joe Davis and Gav Hart who are all unavailable.

Harrison Young returns in the second row and Graeme Butterworth moves into the back-row.

In the three-quarters, Scott Morris replaces Pat Gain on the wing.

Head coach Ben Dudley has every reason to be pleased as Portsmouth end their London two south west season against Warlingham at Rugby Camp (3pm).

In his first season in charge Dudley has led the city club to a fifth-place finish, their highest in a number of years.

‘I have been impressed with the core of players who have been incredibly committed,’ he said.

‘They realise by improving performances the results follow.

‘The challenge now is making sure that is the norm and bringing a few more of the fringe players along with us.

‘Finishing in the top five was the target we set ourselves early in the season and it is good to achieve it.

‘We lost at Warlingham at the start of the season and at the time were pretty pleased to pick up a couple of bonus points.

‘With hindsight we could have sneaked a win.

‘We are keen to finish on a high and continue executing the things we have tried in training.’

Hooker Dan Hodgson, who made an impressive debut last weekend, keeps his place and Sam Ellis returns at scrum half.

Luke Richardson returns in the replacements.