MATCH PREVIEW: CHANGES AT SEVENOAKS
Wings Guy Hilton and Frank Morgan are unavailable so Head Coach Matt Corker shuffles his back division for Saturday’s trip across Kent to Sevenoaks, kick-off 3 pm. Scrum half Will Calder is given a new role in place of Morgan with Max Halliday starting on the other wing. Sherif Lanre makes his senior squad debut after impressing in the Pilgrims win last week. The forward pack is unchanged from the Dorking game. The match at Sevenoaks will be played on the club’s main pitch for the first time this season. Earlier problems with the state of the pitch forced a postponement of Sevenoaks’ game against Blackheath and other home matches were played at Sevenoaks School. Canterbury will be looking for a first win in four outings against a side which is below them in the National 2 East table.
Matt Corker writes: “To lose in the last play of the game is always a hard to take. Last week against Dorking we squandered too many chances in the first half. Had we capitalised on half of our visits in the Dorking twenty two we would have gone in at half time with a very different score line. Again, some good attacking endeavour in the second half always ended in errors and although there were some great defensive sets, often defending for long periods, we came unstuck in the final play. We have talked this week about managing failure. Our reaction to last week’s result is crucial and we have worked on some of the fundamentals to support our game. We know that Sevenoaks will be looking for a strong performance in their first game at their home ground and I’m expecting another close contest.”