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Henley Hawks: Clifton make 8 changes for visit of high flyers

By Mike Barber

Levesley, Spencer and Bullimore return as Morris makes debut.

“we feel there are some areas we can target, we've got a very good physical and mobile pack with threats out in the wider channels. ” Matt Salter, Head Coach

Clifton have made 8 changes to the side that drew 28-28 with Birmingham and Solihull last week as they look to consolidate their 6th place in the league against 3rd placed Henley. The Hawks have been in tremendous from this season and their 38-5 win against Taunton gave a clear shout to the rest of the league about their intentions for the remainder of the season.

Charlie Bullimore and Max Folkard start wither side of Beno Edwards in the front row, Jack Williams is ruled out due to a neck strain. In the second row, Matty Davies continues and is partnered by the resurgent Henry Harper. Harps, who has missed very little playing time this season, comes back into the starting lineup after weeks out due to injury.

In the back row, Niall Gibbons once again starts at the back of the scrum with Dan Hill moving back from the row to start at 6, with Gloucester Academy's Cam Terry returning for his 5th start for Clifton.

Mitch Spencer forms a new half back pairing with Luke Cozins at 10, with Sam Goatley partnered by fit-again Chris Levesley, who captains the side. The back 3 sees Hugh Campbell on the Left Wing, Tom Francis at Full Back and there is a debut for Gloucester Academy's Jacob Morris. The former England U18 winger will be looking to continue his progress with Clifton in National 2 for the remainder of the season.

On the bench, Jack Spencer, Shek Sheriff and Matthew Hall all return to bring a physical edge to the replacements whilst Ross Pritchard and Sam Harrison round out the 20.

"If we watch the game against Henley last week, they were absolutely on point, they executed everything well. But we feel there are some areas we can target, we've got a very good physical and mobile pack with threats out in the wider channels. If we are accurate in the right areas and complete our defensive sets, we feel we can get after them."
Matt Salter, Clifton Head Coach

Clifton Rugby v Henley Hawks | Saturday 2nd March 2019 | Kick Off: 14:30

1.Charlie Bullimore 2. Been Edwards 3. Max Folkard 4. Henry Harper 5. Matt Davies 6. Dan Hill 7. Cam Terry 8. Niall Gibbons 9. Mitch Spencer 10. Luke Cozins 11. Hugh Campbell 12. Sam Goatley 13. Chris Levesley 14. Jacob Morris 15. Tom Francis

Bench: 16. Jack Spencer 17. Matthew Hall 18. Shek Sheriff 19. Ross Pritchard 20. Sam Harrisson

Updated 11:33 - 11 Mar 2019 by Roger Bealing

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