Havant’s destiny in own hands

Graeme Butterworth is unavailable

Graeme Butterworth is unavailable

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 are in charge of their own National League destiny as they travel to take on Bishop’s Stortford (3pm).

A win would guarantee their safety, with the Hooks Lane side eight points ahead of Basingstoke with just two games remaining.

But director of rugby Adam King wants his side to put the matter beyond doubt.

‘This is another pivotal game where we can finally end the relegation debate,’ said King.

‘It couldn’t be any simpler – a win will guarantee us National League rugby next season.

‘We are capable of going to Bishop’s Stortford and getting the result because we have been in good form, particularly at home where we have won our last three games.

‘Now we have to replicate that away from home.

‘We beat Bishop’s Stortford at home recently and they will be smarting a bit from the manner of that defeat.

‘That game showed we have the firepower in the backs to score tries against them.

‘We just need to make sure we work for the whole 80 minutes up front and supply the ball they need.

In our last away game at Gravesend we did that for 50 minutes then fell away and that seems to be a recurring pattern.

‘We have to make sure we keep it going for the whole game and continue to pose Bishop’s Stortford problems.

‘They’re already safe but will still be keen to end their home campaign with a win.’

Hooker Rob Elsmore is ruled out by an ankle injury and the experienced figure of Graeme Butterworth is unavailable due to work commitments.

Havant: McSeveny, Robinson, Morris, Stenhouse, Duke, Knight, Davenport L, Wells, Cutting, Wheeler, Neill, Matthews, Frith, Hart, Barfoot, Horn, Stapleton, Marks.

– KEVIN RICKETTS

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