Havant hot on the Trail of victory

Jerome Trail Picture: Mick Young
Jerome Trail Picture: Mick Young
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HAVANT will look to try-scoring hooker Jerome Trail as they attempt to get back to winning ways against Twickenham in London One south at Hooks Lane (2pm).

Trail has scored four tries in the opening two games of the season and made an immediate impact since arriving in the summer from his studies in Hull.

Head coach Will Knight regards him as a terrific new asset to his squad.

‘We are very pleased with the start Jerome has made with us,’ said Knight.

‘He is an impressively powerful runner and a handful to bring down.

‘If we can manufacture opportunities to give him the ball in space or close to the try-line, he is almost impossible to stop.

‘He has shown that with the four tries he has scored already.

‘A combination of good feet, speed and power makes him a big weapon in our armoury.

‘Although he has grabbed all the headlines, he will be the first to appreciate the efforts of his team-mates.’

Knight expects Havant to show a big improvement from their heavy defeat at Medway last weekend and build on their opening-day home win over Dover.

Havant didn’t play well in that game and were very poor defensively, losing their shape and structure.

‘We need to step up after last week when we uncharacteristically fell off too many tackles,’ said Knight.

‘The players were annoyed with themselves afterwards because they knew they had only played for about 20 minutes of the game.

‘During that spell we scored four tries but we didn’t do it for long enough.

‘We allowed Medway to get up a head of steam and you can’t allow teams to do that in this league.’

Forwards Gav Hart and Steve Cruddas have been exceptional in the games so far and are expected to play another big part against Twickenham.

Last season both teams won their home games against each other and Knight is expecting another monumental battle.

The visitors may have lost their opening two games but they were close affairs against top-rated teams.

‘This is not an easy game by any stretch of the imagination and we will have to remain focused from start to finish,’ said Knight.

‘We have made some tough selection decisions but this year we have a greater strength in depth which allows us to do so.’

The home side give a debut to new arrival Harry Carr, who replaces Pat Gains on one wing.

Ed Sweeney is brought back to start at outside-half, Jake Reynolds moves to scrum-half and Grant Morris drops to the replacements’ bench.

A rotation policy in the forwards means that Luke Barefoot comes in for his first start of the season in place of Christian Roberts in the back-row.

Havant: Ed Wilks, Ben Brierley, Loz Blackburn, Joel Knight, Harry Carr, Dave Sweeney, Jake Reynolds, Luke Marks, Jerome Trail, Jack Ward-Golden, Harrison Young, Nial Copeland, Luke Barfoot, Steve Cruddas, Gav Hart. Subs: Zac Saliba, Christian Roberts, Grant Morris