Home delight as Havant secure resounding victory
Havant finally recorded their first home win of the campaign with a great performance to see off Twickenham.
With last weeks final second disappointment at conceding a draw still fresh in their minds Havant have been wary of talking up their chances all season. But this is a Havant team that have been slowly growing in confidence and the work they are doing in training is becoming more and more evident to the more discerning spectator.
With Hooks Lane bathed in Autumn sunshine and in front of a large vociferous crowd including many of the VPs who had attended their annual lunch it was the home side that hit the ground running. Scrum-half Jake Reynolds had a fabulous game seeming to be everywhere and after just eight minutes he grabbed the first of his two tries. A break through the centre by Skipper Joel Knight was carried up to the 5 metre line by full back Pat Gains who threw a speculative off load in Reynold’s direction, the scrum showing great technique picked the ball up off the floor to dive over. Knight added the conversion to go with his earlier penalty.
After Knight had added another penalty it was Reynolds again that scored next try as Twickenham threw too long at a lineout on their own 5m line the scrum half was on hand to catch the ball and stroll over for the easiest of of tries. Knight again added the extras.
Twickenham were really feeling the pressure as Havant threw wave after wave of runners into there midfield and when Dave Sweeney picked up the ball deep in his own half he spotted a gap and made a half break Lock forward Harrison Young carried the move on and showed great hands as he off loaded the ball to No8 Loz Warren West who sprinted a full 60 metres for a fine solo score.
The visitors grabbed a penalty kicked by their inside centre but it was Havant who were now looking for the try bonus point and it came just before half-time as powerhouse centre Ben Brierley made one of his trademark runs skittling defenders before being finally dragged down just inches short of the line. Luke Marks arrived at the breakdown and powered his way straight through the middle of the ruck to stretch for a great score. Knight’s reliable boot again adding the conversion.
Half time: Havant 32 Wimbledon 3
The home side showed no signs of taking their foot off the gas as they scored early in the second period. Dave Sweeney intercepted a pass deep in his own half shifted the ball to debutant winger Rob Paterson who found Pat Gains on his shoulder. The fullback carried the ball up to the opponents 10m line and as skipper Joel Knight arrived at the breakdown he picked the ball and sprinted away from the visitors cover for a score under the posts.
Knight added another penalty to complete a personal haul of 22 points and it seemed that Havant finally took their foot off the gas a little. To their credit Twickenham never stopped playing and grabbed 2 consolation scores from their No 8 and prop. But it was to prove too little too late for the Londoners who in the end were well beaten.
Head Coach Will Knight was delighted with the result and suggested that it was a mark of the progress that squad has made.
“It was great to finally get a win at home, our supporters must have been thinking we couldn’t buy a win after the two draws this year.”
“There were a lot of very good performances out there today, I thought the half-backs were outstanding and the pack is causing problems for everyone we play at the moment. The back row were everywhere and there is a fabulous work ethic throughout the side.”
“We have been building nicely and it was good to see the players putting into practice the work we have been doing on the training field.”
Havant know that they will need to be at their best again as they take on Sutton & Epsom in Round 9 next weekend.