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Heath aiming to build on Barnsley victory

Heath head to Bridlington in Yorkshire One tomorrow looking to take another step forward after last weekend’s 18-15 home win over Barnsley.

Coach Kevin Plant was relieved and pleased with a success which lifted his side to third-from-bottom.

He knows there is still much work to be done but believes there is sufficient talent in the squad for the North Dean men to continue climbing the table if only he can get something approaching a settled side.

There are not too many signs of that happening at the moment with prop Olly Cook unavailable tomorrow and back rower Danny Ramsden likely to be missing due to a cut under his chin sustained last Saturday.

Plant, who is hoping to have front rower James Watson available again, said: “We have got to try to get two or three wins back to back.

“Bridlington is always a hard place to go to but we will see who we have got fit.”

The east coast side are on a four-match losing run and have slipped to seventh in the table. However, all those recent defeats have come against top five opposition.

Dave Montgomery was very much the star of the show for Heath last Saturday, scoring his side’s opening try late in the first half with a barnstorming run from half-way, beating off several tacklers, and then doing the donkey work for young winger Lewis McKenzie to add a second just after half time.

The boot of Charlie Lomas did the rest. The scrum half kicked two penalties and a conversion while Barnsley stand off Josh Smith crucially had an off-day with the boot, his five misses including one from almost in front of the posts.

Heath just about deserved it on the balance of play, answering Plant’s call in the match programme for his players to “roll up their sleeves” after the heavy defeat at York the previous week.

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has named two uncapped players in his squad for the world champions’ autumn European tour.

Scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow and and hooker Dane Coles have both made Hansen’s 32-man group for a schedule that features Test matches against Scotland, Italy, Wales and England.

Lock Ali Williams, meanwhile, is recalled after recovering from knee surgery, but players not considered for selection include Anthony Boric (neck), Colin Slade (leg) and Richard Kahui (shoulder).

The squad, comprising 18 forwards and 14 backs, boasts a combined cap total of 1,103 and will be led by World Cup captain Richie McCaw.

The All Blacks kick off their tour against Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday week.

 

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