RUGBY: Daventry can take heart from Harborough loss ahead of league opener

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Daventry ended their pre season preparations with a closely fought loss against Market Harborough, a team who play in the league above.

This was another positive performance from the Blacks, who continue to show promising signs ahead of this Saturday’s league opener against Vipers.

Two first-half tries from Jake Sanderson and Ricky Haynes gave the home side a 12-3 lead at half time.

With the forwards well on top at scrum time, Daventry were always a threat and centres Russel Ogden and Luke Jones worked tirelessly in defence and attack.

In the tight Tim Saunders and Anthony Brash put in great shifts and were well supported by the back row combination of Ben Walton, Ricky Haynes and Danny Collett.

The second half saw the Blacks having to defend valiantly as Harborough threw everything at them.

Two quick tries meant Harborough edged ahead and despite a Bradley Wardell penalty they held a two point lead going in to the final stages.

Overall Daventry can be pleased with this performance against higher opposition and will be looking to bring their game plan and intensity to the first league fixture this weekend.

With plenty of players putting their hands up for selection it will be a tough job to pick a squad of 18 with everyone having done such a fine job in pre-season.

Daventry begin their Midlands Three East (South) league campaign this Saturday when they travel to Vipers (ko 3pm).

LONG BUCKBY are also in Midlands Three East (South) this season, and they also begin their league campaign on Saturday with a trip to Stockwood Park (ko 3pm).