Encouraging signs ahead of top-of-the-table clash for Haverhill Rugby Club
Haverhill & District Rugby Club are gearing up for the most important match of their league campaign this weekend, according to captain Adam Hunt.
The Eastern Counties League Division 2 West side will confront league leader’s Mildenhall & Red Lodge on Saturday (2pm), with a win ‘probably’ seeing Haverhill regain the top spot in the table.
It follows Haverhill’s 41-0 whitewash victory at home to Sawston last Saturday to climb into joint-second with five fixtures remaining – which will see them take on two of their three major rivals for the Division 2 West title.
The club have not hidden their ambition to gain promotion back to the region’s top flight, nor their desire to claim the title, but a ‘surprisingly competitive’ battle has seen four teams pull away from the rest – with only two set to be promoted to Division One.
“If we beat Mildenhall,” Hunt said, “we will probably go back to the top of the league so it’s a really important game, if not our biggest of the season.
“It was so close in the first fixture though, it’s going to be very tough.”
Hunt continued: “It was a one-point game (ending 13-12 in favour of the home team Haverhill) and we had the home advantage, which we obviously won’t have on Saturday.
“Hopefully it will be a good game.”
He said their recent result at Sawston boded well, with new inside centre Will Levett from rival side Mildenhall scoring a hat-trick of tries.
“The forwards put in some hard work and battled hard,” Hunt said.
“There were some great lineouts and scrums, we were solid in the pack and that helped free up the backs.
“We played very well considering there were gale force winds at times.
“Will’s hat-trick was excellent, he was so energetic and determined and looks like he will be a big asset to us.”
Levett scored the first two unconverted tries before Hunt himself dotted down for a 15-0 lead.
Luke Stockings and Zac Evans added further scores with Hunt converting on the fifth time of asking to add a further two points to make it 27-0.
Adam Bloe and Levett’s tries, both converted by Hunt, extended the score further to 41 points for the home side.
“It was very encouraging, a really good day for us,” Hunt added.
“We were worried about the quality of rugby we would be facing at this level this season, but it has been really competitive.
“Our performance is really good ahead of the game against Mildenhall, we will go into it having beaten a side 41 to nothing the week earlier, whereas Mildenhall haven’t played this month.