Havant have worked on defence for final contest

Luke Marks. Picture: Mick Young
Luke Marks. Picture: Mick Young
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Havant end their London one south campaign with a tricky visit to take on promotion-chasing Chobham.

Head coach Will Knight is expecting a better defensive display after his side conceded 35 points in their home draw against Chobham.

‘We know that Chobham still have promotion ambitions so we will need to be competitive,’ said Knight.

‘In training this week we have worked hard on our defence after last week.

‘Our organisation and line speed were not that bad, it was just we fell off first-up tackles.

‘We can’t afford to do that in this game.

‘Our aim is to go up there and give them a fight for the points and not make it easy for them.’

The visitors make a number of changes, mainly in the forwards.

In the front row, Zach Saliba replaces Luke Marks who is carrying a slight knock and being rested.

Steve Cruddas switches to hooker with Joe Davis returning at number eight in place of Jared Hayler.

Christian Roberts starts as blindside wing-forward.

In the three-quarters Havant make just one change, with Jay Wilks coming in for George Sutton on the wing.

The two sides fought out a close game at Hooks Lane earlier in the season with the Surrey side sneaking a three-point win.

Knight wants to see his team reverse that result but admits he also has one eye on the Hampshire Cup final at Gosport.

‘We are looking forward to our last two games,’ said Knight.

‘All the pressure will be on Chobham because they have to win to have any chance of being promoted.

‘We won’t have any of that pressure and should be able to play with greater freedom.

‘It is a chance for us to put a few things right before the cup final.’

Knight is confident it will not be a cruise for Havant ahead of the cup showdown.

He added: ‘There shouldn’t be any end-of-season feel about our game because we can still put a few building blocks together.

‘We need to play some hard rugby and look to come away with a win.

‘I am looking for us to go into that on the back of a good performance.’