Hard work pays off for Havant

Loz Warren-West. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings
Loz Warren-West. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

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Havant powered to their first home success of the season by crushing Twickenham 42-15 in London one south at Hooks Lane.

A barnstorming first-half performance helped them to a 32-3 interval lead.

And they ran out comfortable winners.

Head coach Will Knight was delighted by the performance and believes the hard work put in on the training ground is starting to pay off.

‘We completely outplayed them in the first half,’ he said.

‘In the second half we were guilty of relaxing a bit too much but the job had been done by then.

‘What was really pleasing was we achieved the win by playing clinical rugby.

‘The players are becoming far more confident with the systems worked on in training and it is starting to show.

‘We must not get too far ahead of ourselves, though.

‘It is only our second win and we are far from the finished article.’

Havant burst out of the blocks with Joel Knight knocking over a second-minute penalty.

And it wasn’t long before the hosts scored the first of their four tries before the break, as scrum-half Jake Reynolds crossed the line.

Joel Knight then added the conversion before another penalty stretched the lead to 13-0 and Reynolds grabbed his second try.

‘He won’t get an easier one in his career,’ said Will Knight.

The visitors threw the ball over a line-out – five metres from the line – straight to Reynolds who strolled over.

Joel Knight again converted before Havant added two more tries to secure the bonus point.

Loz Warren-West sprinted 60 metres for a try out wide before Luke Marks added a close-range effort.

Joel Knight converted a try of his own at the start of the second period and added a penalty to make it 42-3.

Havant then relaxed, allowing Twickenham a couple of late scores.

‘We genuinely believe we are going to get stronger as the season goes on,’ said Will Knight.

‘We have a number of players still to come back.

‘But the most encouraging aspect has been the impact made by players stepping up into the senior ranks.

‘There is going to be more and more competition for places and that is an exciting prospect.’