Havant 18 – 32 Brighton

Havant are still looking for their first win of the season after a frustrating loss to Brighton at Hooks Lane.

The visitors started well and from a line-out close to the Havant try line they drove over for the opening try. Havant hit back with some powerful drives into the visitors territory and were rewarded with a penalty that Joel Knight knocked over.

From another penalty the Havant skipper chose to go for the corner and the Havant pack delivered a well worked line-out and drive that had the Brighton pack reeling backwards. Loz Warren-west drove powerfully and went over for a well taken try. Knight added the conversion.

Brighton knocked over a penalty and added a well taken score of their own from a line-out on the halfway line they released their backs finding a hole between the Havant centres and then moving the ball wide for a score in the corner.

Havant were having the better of the scrums and when they picked up a free kick in the visitors 22 they opted for a scrum. A well worked back-row move released Lock Dan Munden into space who drew the defence and put Jake Reynolds in for a try.

Knight kicked a penalty just before the break to make the score at Half-time 18-13.

The second half started just as the first had with a quick Brighton. A driven maul collapsed short of the try line and a Brighton player appeared to haul it over the line but the referee was well placed and awarded the score.

The second half started just as the first had with a quick Brighton. A driven maul collapsed short of the try line and a Brighton player appeared to haul it over the line but the referee was well placed and awarded the score.

Brighton picked a yellow card when their No.6 was adjudged to have been late in a tackle on Knight. But it was the visitors that scored next when they pushed the ball wide to the right and outstripped the Havant defence.

As their carded player rejoined the game Brighton picked up another for a deliberate knock on, but again despite significant pressure Havant were unable to score and it was Brighton that extended their lead through a penalty.

The last try of the game in the final minutes was a score for Brighton another ball thrown wide seemed to be well covered by the Havant drift defence but the Brighton winger stepped inside the covering defence to extend the lead and give the scoreboard a look that slightly flattered the visitors

Havant will take the positives from the game but know there is too much of a gap opening up and that a win is vital.  Next week they face the very difficult trip to high flying Sidcup.

 

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