Havant have a score to settle when Cobham come to visit

Havant are intent on putting the record straight against Cobham in their London One South encounter at Hooks Lane (3pm).

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 4:26 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th January 2020, 4:47 pm
Wes Dugan is set to return for Havant against Cobham. Picture: Vernon Nash (040120-037)

When the two sides met earlier in the season, it was the Surrey outfit that came out on top.

The home side are intent on exacting revenge and picking up more vital points in their bid to top the table.

Senior coach Will Knight is expecting a vigorous test from the visitors.

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‘They have already beaten us once and we want to make sure that doesn't happen again,’ said Knight.

‘In the first game, Cobham played some of the best league rugby I have seen for some time.

‘They had an outside half who controlled the game, kicked to the corners and when opportunities came along they took them.

‘In that game we were without our playmaker Joel Knight, who was serving a ban at the time.

‘We know that we will have to be at our very best to turn the tables on them.

‘I am confident that we have the players and the game to be able to do that.

‘This time around we must aim to have the control so that we can play the rugby we want in the areas that we want.

‘We are still unbeaten at home with Hooks Lane becoming a bit of a fortress for us.

‘The aim is to keep it that way.’

The home side will make relatively few changes from the team that won well at HAC.

In the forwards, prop Andrea Pozzi is rested after picking up a knock with Luke Marks returning to the front row.

The rest of the pack remain the same.

The only change in the three-quarters is at scrum half where Wes Dugan comes in on rotation with Jake Hewitt moving to the replacements bench.

‘We are rotating certain players to ensure they stay fresh,’ said Knight.

‘It is important that we are firing on all cylinders at the end of a long season.’

Havant are handily placed just one point behind league leaders Westcombe Park.

Knight's side are the highest points scorers in the league, amassing 579 points from their 16 games.

‘I firmly believe when we are playing at our best we are the best team in our league,’ said Knight.

‘If we can produce our best against Cobham then I am convinced it will be good enough to win.’