Brilliant start, disappointing end as Havant falter at Cobham
No points in a frustrating afternoon for the Hooks Lane squad.
Havant took the short trip up the A3 hoping to get back to winning ways at Cobham who have been struggling to find their form this season.
Havant shot out of the blocks from the kick-off winning the ball back and moving it smartly along the back line. James Read starting this week at outside centre hit a lovely line and Mike Brook was on his shoulder to finish the move off. Joel Knight added the conversion and it seemed that it might be a long afternoon for the home side.
Unfortunately for the traveling support that proved to be the best rugby Havant played all afternoon.
Despite enjoying territorial advantage and enough possession in the first quarter the men from Hooks Lane struggled to convert any pressure into points and as they became increasingly frustrated with the referee the discipline of the visitors suffered.
Cobham hit a penalty to get on the scoreboard before scoring their first try of the day through their right wing.
Havant suffered a blow when Centre Read had to leave the field for treatment and with seconds to play in the half the home side took advantage of a lineout on the 5m line to drive over for their second score.
The second period started well for the visitors as the forwards secured possession deep in the home 22 and a lovely cut-out pass found Ben Brierley out wide. The powerful winger was not going to be stopped from that distance and when Knight added the conversion Havant were back in the lead.
Big lock Harrison Young was sent to the sin bin for what the referee adjudged to be a tip tackle and from the penalty Cobham secured lineout possession and drove over for their third score.
Both sides exchanged penalties and as the game drew to a close Cobham secured their try bonus with another driven lineout.
This was a disappointing afternoon for the visiting side they had started so well but seemed to lose their discipline and their shape as the game progressed.
Head Coach Will Knight, “We were brilliant for 32 seconds and it was all downhill after that! It was particularly frustrating because the preparation in the week and today had been excellent.”
“We were guilty of losing our discipline, me included, and that meant the we also lost our shape. We need to be able to get ahead in games and keep on pressing forward. Some of our basics today let us down and to be honest a couple of players looked tired.”
“We will pick ourselves up and look forward to next week for what should be a cracker against Gosport. We have a very good set of players here and they will be desperate to show that next weekend in what will be a full house at the Lane.”