Preview: Expect the unexpected against Hampstead, says Davies

Harpenden about to go over for a second try

Harpenden about to go over for a second try - Credit: Archant

Harpenden head coach Matt Davies is expecting the unexpected when his side lock horns away to Hampstead this weekend in London Two North West.

Harpenden push forward after a scrum

Harpenden push forward after a scrum - Credit: Archant

Coming off the back of a crucial bonus point win last weekend against Old Merchant Taylors, Harpenden sit fifth in the league, a mere three points off second-placed Chiswick.

In a league that is as surprising as it is unpredictable, Davies’ side are trying to prepare for the enigma that is Hampstead.

“Hampstead are a team where you don’t really know what to expect,” mused Davies. “Winning last weekend was very important for our confidence after a run of games where we didn’t get what we deserved.

“To win on Saturday will be a big boost for us and if we produce the strong facets of our game that will certainly help.”

Harpenden go over the line for their first try

Harpenden go over the line for their first try - Credit: Archant


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Although Hampstead are stuck in mid-table obscurity, Harpenden’s play-off aspirations are still very much alive, despite just two wins in six games, as is their indomitable spirit.

“There is every belief amongst the squad that we can get that second place,” Davies said. “We are still in contention, still fighting for that play-off spot.

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“After the winter gloom the side has their tails up and they are all raring to go. There is a huge amount of competitiveness and excitement with this good, young side.”

That youthfulness is epitomised by the likes of schoolboys Harry Hutchins, Curtis Reynolds and Connor Mclean who have been regular performers this season and will be a part of a full strength squad for Saturday’s huge clash.

“Young guys like these really make our future look bright and all I can ask is that we play with a smile on our face and try to make the most of this positive season,” said Davies.

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