Gosport’s great start continues but there is work to do

Gosport's Alex Duncombe, left, in action against Chobham
Gosport's Alex Duncombe, left, in action against Chobham
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Gosport & Fareham strengthened their position at the top of London two south west with a 49-19 win over Chobham at Gosport Park.

Director of rugby Jamie Daly is delighted with the start his side have made to the season but is not turning his attention to promotion just yet.

‘It has been a great start,’ said Daly.

‘We have picked up bonus points in all six of our games, even when we had a bit of a wobble against Camberley.

‘There are still tough games against the likes of Twickenham and Wimbledon to come so we have to wait and see how they go.

‘If we can turn around at Christmas in the same position then maybe we can start to wonder about promotion.’

The home side made a strong start against Chobham, scoring 18 points in the opening 15 minutes.

Forward Mark Pollard set the ball rolling, peeling off to cross when a line-out drive had been stopped close to the line, after four minutes.

Alex Duncome converted and the home side then added a second try.

The Chobham back-row snuffed out Gosport for the rest of the half but the home side took charge after the break to pull away.

Wes Dugan chalked up a hat-trick of tries and Wayne Dugan added a brilliant individual score, taking a quick tapped penalty in his own 22 and running the length of the field.

Gosport’s superior fitness told as they punished the tiring visitors, though they relaxed late on and conceded a couple of tries.