Defence the best form of attack for victorious Havant

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HAVANT coach Will Knight believes defence proved the best form of attack in their 25-8 London one south win at Charlton Park.

The visitors’ defensive line remained solid in the face of the big physical hard running home forwards.

‘Our defence was superb and this is a very good win for us,’ said Knight.

‘The ability to hold a defensive line is becoming an increasing feature of our developing game.

‘It is a defensive mindset that the players are priding themselves on.

‘As a result opponents are put under pressure and get frustrated.

‘We don’t concede many tries from distance at the moment and most of the scores against us tend to come from close-range efforts.

‘Defensive organisation is becoming an increasing strength.’

The visitors made a cracking start with inside centre James Read carving open the home defence with a superb line of running.

The two sides exchanged penalties, before Havant had Luke Marks yellow carded.

Havant came under pressure but good defence allowed them to break out of their twenty-two as Jay Wilks made a 70-metre break.

Though the cover defence tackled him he offloaded to Mike Brook who crossed to give Havant a 13-3 lead at the break.

The visitors increased their control seven minutes into the second half when full-back Pat Gains was driven over the home line for a try converted by Read.

The home side hit back with a try but Havant sealed the win, 12 minutes from time.

From a maul, Steve Cruddas got his hands on the ball and broke right to feed scrum-half Jake Reynolds who went over for a try in the corner.

‘Unlike against Sidcup last week when we got ourselves into good positions we were far more precise in our play,’ said Knight.

‘When we got our chances we took them.

‘The other pleasing thing is the depth we have in our squad – we had to make late changes with Grant Morris and Ross Parkin unavailable.

‘Despite having to reshuffle we were able to go out, play some good rugby and get the bonus-point win.’