Wheaton demands same again from Fareham Heathens

Fareham Heathens return to league action after their confident Hampshire Plate performance when they host Tottonians II in the Hampshire Premiership at Cams Alders on Saturday.

Senior coach Dave Wheaton is urging his side to carry on where they left off in the knockout tie, after they defeated Farnborough 57-19.

'The way we played against a previously-unbeaten Farnborough side was extremely encouraging to see,' said Wheaton.

'It all just seemed to click into place.

'The Heathens pack dominated for the full 80 minutes, creating a platform for our backs with good clean ball.

'I expect the same from the lads this week.

'Getting high numbers at training and good availability is providing a selection dilemma, but that is a great position to be in.

'It shows how much strength in depth we find ourselves with – it’s encouraging for the future.'

Rich Green is on Royal Navy duties, allowing Josh Gander a return to loose head.

Rob Impey makes a return as skipper to outside centre and John Cole returns to wing.

'This is our chance to prove last week was no fluke,’ added Wheaton.

‘The lads have worked hard yet again in training and there is a want and desire within the camp which is great to see.

'However, we must never lose focus nor underestimate the opposition because complacency leads to defeat.'

Meanwhile, Locksheath Pumas are itching to get back out on to the field after having games called off in the previous two weeks.

They host Trojans at Brookfield School in Hampshire One.

Director of Rugby Al Palmer said: ‘It has been a challenge to keep the concentration going in training but the guys have really put the effort in and are looking forward to the match.’

Rob Hylands returns at prop, with Jonathon Elsmore moving back to number eight.

This allows Kent Streek to come back at lock.

There is a first start for winger Chris Harvey in the three-quarters, and Olly Eggins is making his debut on the bench as a finisher.

Gosport & Fareham are looking for an improved away performance at Old Reigatian in London two south west.

Winless Petersfield face a daunting challenge against London three south west leaders Winchester at Penns Place.