Hawks Travel to Run Away League Leaders

Henley Hawks face their toughest challenge of the season tomorrow (Saturday) when they travel to London to take on the leagues ‘run away’ leaders, Blackheath RFC in their latest league game. Kick off at Blackheath’s Well Hall ground in Eltham is 3pm.

At the start of the season, Blackheath were many peoples favourites to win the league and they have not disappointed, carrying all before them and now leading the league by thirteen points from second placed Dorking. They have lost only two of their seventeen games to date and have won their last nine, including last week at Guernsey Raiders.

All that said, the Hawks should be in confident mood and there is no reason why they cannot go to South East London and cause an upset. The Hawks have won their last three games and have only lost once since the end of November. Last week, they scored eleven tries in demolishing Westcliff and must go to Blackheath in good heart. The London side will be well aware of the Hawks threat. In the game at Dry Leas back in October, Blackheath edged home 15-6 in a hard fought, attritional match.

The Hawks welcome back skipper Dave Manning to the side for the Blackheath clash. He returns from injury and is one of just three changes to the starting line up made by Head Coach Luke Allen for this important trip to the league leaders. Manning returns at prop as does fellow front rower Ollie Frostick who is promoted from the bench. Marcus Lowe also returns to the side to join Tom Vooght and Morgan Macrae in the back row.

The whole side has a settled look about it and Luke Allen has been able to name an unchanged back line this week.

Henley Hawks

15 George Wood, 14 Reuben Norville, 13 Adam Hakimian, 12  Louis Flynn 11 Leo Webb,
10 Max Titchener, 9 Will Crow
1 Dave Manning (c), 2 Tom Emery, 3 Ollie Frostick, 4 Sam Lunnon, 5 Ben Harrison,
6 Marcus Lowe, 7 Morgan Macrae, 8 Tom Vooght,

Reps: 16 Kareem Niazi, 17 Omar Ellaboudy, 18 Tom Hall, 19 Scott White, 20 Ewan Fenley

Blackheath RFC are one of the oldest rugby clubs in the world and have a long and proud history. Before this season, the last time the Hawks met Blackheath in league competition was back in the 2015-16 season when both teams were playing in National 1. Blackheath won both games that season and the Hawks were relegated. Since then, Blackheath continued to be a top side in National 1 until last season when they too were relegated into National 2(East).

There are no home games at Dry Leas on Saturday. The Henley Bulls (2nd XV) also travel to Blackheath to take on Blackheath 2. Kick off is 2.00pm.

The Henley Vikings (3rd XV) have an Oxfordshire derby at Abingdon RFC. Kick off there is 2.30pm.

The club will be showing the Six Nations games in clubhouse on Saturday.

The Henley Hawks Women play on Sunday. They travel to take on Richmond in West London. Kick off is 2.30pm.

Next Wednesday (March1st), the Henley Vultures have an Oxon Vets Cup match away at Wheatley RFC. Kick off is 7.30pm under the lights.


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