Havant Axv travelled up the a3 to Alton looking to get back to winning ways.
The kick off brought a very aggressive initial period from Alton 2′s putting pressure on our ricks and mauls and pinning us into our 22 for the opening 5-10 mins. Havant calmly took the pressure and began to build attacking momentum which broke with a strong run up the right wing by centre James Sutton whose barracking style of running caused problems for their defence. James ran in a confidence creating first try and Havant then produced a half of excellent attacking rugby. Jez Smith took a ball on some 15m built after several good phases from the forwards. The way in which he smashed through 3-4 guys to put the ball over the line showed a level of aggressive attacking rugby rare to see in such a young player. Captain pete was keen not to miss out and capitalised on the clean platform given to him from the forwards, attacking the line with options pete was upto his usual stepping trickery and sneaked through the defence, rode the 15 to score followed by a similar move in the game. Matt ‘vin’ Swanton was next up, recovering a loose ball on the opposition 22 to run blind, searing pace to attack a 2 on 3. Vin threw an outrageous dummy to create a gap and go over the line with swan like grace (note author scored try so some artist licence applies!) more tries from winger Charlie Gardiner in his last match before entering the marines.
Alton reapplied the pressure in the 2nd half and the scrum became tougher, this 40 min period saw good defence especially with the 19 stone Alton Samoan flanker that arrived in this period.
A good game all round. Some things to work on in training but all enjoyed the game and a win was recorded.
Man of the match
Several contenders today so a very tough choice. James Sutton made the Alton defence work with his powerful running, Dan Pope never failed to put 5-10m after the tackle point, picking up players and taking 2-3 defenders hanging on! 2nd rows Josh and Ross were excellent in the line out and worked hard around the park working well together. Ted was runner up this week, great in the scrum and loose play defence, a usual star Axv performer but on his debut at 17 years old, a polished performance with soft hands under pressure, technically perfect tackling and on his feet to smuggle ball everytime and a particular try saving tackle on the afore mentioned 19 stone Samoan who had run thro several hav defence this weeks man of the match is
well done Tyler!