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Lions coach Pountney hails comeback king Hennings
LIONS chief Budge Pountney has hailed the impact of comeback king Jack Hennings following his long-awaited return to the Bournemouth team.
The back-row powerhouse, who had been sidelined by a persistent back injury, lined up in the win over Dings in his first appearance since April 2012.
A key figure in Bournemouth’s rise to National Two South, Hennings was deployed in his favoured flank forward position before also filling in at lock in the 37-36 victory on Saturday.
Director of rugby Pountney said: “Jack came back from injury and played in the seconds and he did well for them. We hadn’t played that well at Exmouth in our previous game and we needed somebody to make a few yards. He is very physical.
“The plan was to play him in the first half against Dings and then stick Joe Atkinson on for the second half. But John Peart got injured and Jack moved into the second row for the second half.
“To last that long in his first first-team outing for such a long period was exceptional. He did a great job for us.”
Lions, who are the leading points scorers in National Two South with 142 in four matches, have registered three wins in a fine start to Pountney’s spell in charge.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash at Shelford (3pm), the former Scotland skipper added: “A lot of positives have come out of this season so far.
“We know we can score tries from anywhere on the pitch and as we are the top points scorers, we know the opposition are aware of that too, so that will cause them problems.
“But while we have got more points scored than anybody else by about 30, our points difference is only plus 27 so we still need to tighten up and that will be a work in progress.”
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