Glorious Gosport are back on top

Wes Dugan. Picture: Roger Smith
Wes Dugan. Picture: Roger Smith
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Gosport & Fareham powered back to the top of London two south west with a thumping 65-16 local derby win over Winchester at Gosport Park.

The visitors found they couldn’t handle brothers Gareth and Christian Jones.

They plundered seven tries between them, with Gareth leading the way with four.

‘It was very much one-way traffic towards the end as we began to show our power,’ said Gosport & Fareham coach Scott Ashley.

‘We had to overcome our traditional slow start and wake ourselves up again at the start of the second half.

‘Winchester wanted to try and break the game up and at one stage had us trying to run the ball around as if it was sevens rugby.

‘Once we got back to our more controlled game-plan, off-loading to our runners and moving them around they couldn’t cope.

‘We showed we can be clinical and capable of putting teams to the sword when we get the chance.

‘I should imagine there were good celebrations in the Jones’ household.’

Gosport soon found themselves trailing 8-0 before Gareth Jones scored the first of his four tries.

Further tries from Ben Madigan, Wes Dugan and Christian Jones saw the hosts extend their lead to 22-11 at half-time.

After the break, the Jones brothers completed their try haul with Jordan Humphries and Wayne Dugan also crossing.

Fareham Heathens kept up the pressure on Hampshire two leaders Petersfield with a 41-8 win at Aldershot & Fleet.

Locks Heath Pumas drew 3-3 at Chineham.