Joel shows his class for Havant

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Havant captain Joel Knight showed his class with a 25-point haul in the 52-15 London one south demolition of Staines at Hooks Lane.

Knight scored two tries, taking his tally to 21 for the season, and kicked six conversions and a penalty.

The 22-year-old, who has been a key figure in Havant’s progress this season, is now the leading try scorer, as well as the top points scorer in the league.

Head coach Will Knight is proud of the way his son is performing.

He said: ‘Joel has made an important contribution, scoring more than 300 points this season,’ said Knight.

‘Before the game he was named player of the season by the ex-players association.

‘He has had an outstanding season leading the side by example.

‘His job as rugby development officer at the club has helped him focus on his rugby.

‘That involves him developing all aspects of rugby at the club and reaching out into the community.

‘There are still areas for improvement because he can be a little hot-headed at times.

‘He is working on that but he is a combative individual on the pitch and that isn’t a bad quality to have.’

Havant took charge of the game from the start, racing out of the blocks with an early Joel Knight penalty.

Tries from Loz Blackburn, Loz Warren-West and Joel Knight, both converted helped the home side extend their lead to 24-5 at the interval.

Joel Knight got another try early in the second half with Justin Powell, replacement Grant Morris, and Josh Blackburn also crossing the whitewash.

Staines’ three tries were all scored down the blindside where the home defence let themselves down.

Will Knight is also full of praise for the progress shown by winger Josh Blackburn this season.

He has also been in prolific try-scoring form.

The head coach said: ‘Josh has scored 12 tries this season putting him second behind Joel in the leagues top try-scorers,’ said Knight.

‘He has matured a lot this year and has developed into a potent finisher.’