Robinson back to deliver finishing touch

120159-05_MY_Hav_RFC'Havant RFC v Canterbury.'Grant Morris scores an early try for Havant.'Pic Mick Young'03/03/12
120159-05_MY_Hav_RFC'Havant RFC v Canterbury.'Grant Morris scores an early try for Havant.'Pic Mick Young'03/03/12
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Havant are hoping the return of ace finisher Jarryd Robinson can help them turn their fortunes around.

Robinson is back for the home clash with Cobham in London one south at Hooks Lane (3pm).

He left at the end of last season to play at Worthing but is returning for a brief spell before departing for New Zealand.

Coach Will Knight is delighted to have him back in the fold ahead of key matches.

‘Jarryd is an exceptional finisher and was a key part of our team for a few seasons,’ said Knight.

‘His return is a massive boost for us.

‘There have been long spells in games when we have been in control but not been able to find that cutting edge to turn it into points.

‘Jarryd should help us in that area.’

Knight recognises his team need to start winning games after suffering five successive defeats.

Havant have slipped to fifth from bottom when they comfortably expected to be a top-half team.

The coach isn’t panicking but last week’s poor defeat at struggling Haywards Heath did set a few alarm bells ringing.

‘This is a game we must target to win,’ said Knight.

‘We must simplify our approach, recognise what we do well and focus on those areas.

‘In the week, we had a very well-attended training session which was very full on, physically.’

Last weekend, Havant were defeated 33-21 by fellow strugglers Haywards Heath.

Coach Knight was very disappointed by the lack of passion shown by his troops on the day. He is eager for that issue to be quickly addressed and is confident the players have got the message.

Knight added: ‘The players fully understand the situation we are in and owe the club a performance.

‘A number of key players didn’t perform last week and I am looking for a big improvement from them.’

Havant have some key players returning, including winger Loz Blackburn, forwards Ross Parkins and Nathan Bellman and outside-half Pete Living.

Veteran utility player Grant Morris continues at full-back where he has provided some stability.

‘We just need to get a win under our belts to boost confidence,’ said Knight

‘Cobham have only done a little better than us, so we view this as a game we must win.’

Havant: Morris, Robinson, Read, Knight, Blackburn, Living, Davenport L, Osborne, Austin, Elsmore, Roberts, Parkin, White, Bellman N, Bellman D. Replacements: Ward-Golden, Riley, Burgess-Kelly