Havant eye Wimbledon success

Joel Knight
Joel Knight
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Havant are already looking forward to a cup final but head coach Will Knight believes there is a score to settle with Wimbledon tomorrow.

The two sides meet in London one south – a fortnight ahead of Havant’s Hampshire Cup final clash with Basingstoke.

With little left to play for in the league, Havant could be forgiven for taking their feet off the pedal on Saturday but Knight has other ideas.

And, despite injuries hitting the squad as the season draws to a close, he expects the players to share his mentality.

‘I don’t think that’s in the nature of the group of players we have got – they don’t take things easy,’ he said.

‘In our time of playing Wimbledon over the last couple of seasons I think they are 2-1 up at the moment, so I think it would be nice to equal the score.

‘They are a tough team to play at their place but the lads will be up for it.’

Havant were comfortable winners last weekend, easing past Staines at home with a seven-try 52-15 victory.

Centres Joel Knight and Loz Blackburn grabbed four tries between them.

The impressive Knight also enjoyed another fruitful day from the tee – amassing 27 points in total.

But Will Knight insisted it was a good team performance.

He’ll be looking for a repeat display at Wimbledon tomorrow.

That would set them up for the Hampshire Cup final two weeks later.

‘Joel has been doing what he has been doing all season just picking up a good proportion of tries and kicking his points well,’ he added.

‘The forwards played better and they gave us a platform to run from.

‘There were good performances from across the team.

‘It set us up nicely for the last few weeks of the season.’

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