Havant keen to bounce back

Harry Carr Picture: Mick Young
Harry Carr Picture: Mick Young
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HAVANT make the short trip along the south coast to take on old rivals Brighton in London One south (2pm).

Head coach Will Knight is optimistic his side can pick up their first away win of the season.

‘We beat them at their place last season and I am looking for us to do the same again,’ he said.

‘Both teams know each other well, with some players having played for both.

‘Last season we were pretty much locked together in the league and games between us are often intense affairs.’

Havant will have to do a lot better than they did in their opening away game of the season when they suffered a heavy defeat at Medway.

Knight felt his team ‘failed to turn up’ until it was too late that day.

‘If we want to aspire to challenge at the top end of the table then we have to do better than that,’ said Knight.

The visitors are forced to rejig in the forwards, with Christian Roberts coming in for the injured Harry Welton.

In the backs, debut hat-trick hero Harry Carr moves from the wing into the centre to accommodate the return of Pat Gains.

United Services raise the curtain on their home London three south west campaign against Old Mid-Whitgiftians at Burnaby Road (2pm).

Services made a winning start at the higher level with a 32-27 win at Old Tiffinians.

Coach Matt Davis believes his team can prove competitive in their new surroundings.

‘After a slow start we controlled our opening game,’ said Davis.

‘It was an encouraging start and one we hope to build on in our first home game.

‘There is a lot of competition for places and we are very excited about the season ahead.’

Front-row forwards Douglas Randall and Luke Davies continue after making impressive debuts.

Scrum-half Ben Smith is away on army duties but the hosts are buoyed by the return of Liam Geoghegan to the back row.

In Hampshire one, Petersfield entertain Ellingham & Ringwood looking to bounce back from their thrashing at Sandown & Shanklin.

Southsea Nomads host Alresford at Furze Lane in Hampshire two.

They are looking to build on their opening success over Kingsclere.