Havant keen to change their ways

Dave Sweeney scored in the last meeting with Cobham Picture: Mick Young
Dave Sweeney scored in the last meeting with Cobham Picture: Mick Young
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DIRECTOR of rugby Rob Matthews insists Havant need to stop letting games slip from their grasp if they are to start climbing away from the SSE London one south danger zone.

Havant look to return to action for the first time in 2014 this weekend against Cobham after seeing their home game with Chobham postponed last Saturday because of the weather.

With four wins and 26 points so far this season, Havant currently sit just above the bottom three in the table as the second half of the season kicks on.

Apart from a convincing 52-21 win over Staines last month, it has been a case of what might have been for Matthews’ men, with tight games against Sidcup and Chichester both going the other way.

Their meeting against Cobham earlier in the season was also a similar tale, and Matthews knows they need to change their ways – starting with this weekend’s away game in Surrey.

‘Every game is important. We have had three or four games recently where we have walked away thinking we should have won, and it was the same against Cobham earlier in the season,’ said Matthews.

‘It’s a very close league at the top and a very close one at the bottom. Three or four wins will propel us into mid-table.

‘We believe we are capable of doing that – we have the players and the resources to do it.

‘It was a close game against Cobham earlier in the season. We came away from that game feeling we had an opportunity to win it and we were very disappointed.

‘Games such as this weekend are ones we are targeting in the second half of the season. We need to start picking up some wins to pull us away from the bottom.

‘We have played Cobham over the last few seasons, they are a very physical side.

‘They have a good set of forwards and a sharp set of backs and we are going to have to be on our game against them.’

Last weekend’s postponement against Chobham means it will be three weeks since Havant last took to the field, with a break also taking place over Christmas.

But with Matthews ensuring his team kept up their fitness, he remains confident there will be no sign of rustiness from his side.

‘We had a good performance before Christmas against Staines and we were looking forward to carrying that on against Chobham, but it got postponed,’ he added.

‘But we have a near full-strength side to pick from for this weekend so that’s good. We had a break over Christmas but have managed to play a couple of games.

‘We had a charity game and then managed to secure the use of an all-weather pitch to train on this week so the guys are fit to go.’

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