More misery for Havant on the road as Camberley really impress
Havant'sÂ miserable start to the London one south campaign continued with a 54-26 defeat at Camberley.
Senior coach Will Knight admitted his team were blown away in a first-half blitz that left them trailing 47-0 at half-time.
'˜Camberley are without doubt one of the best teams we have come up against in a number of years,' said Knight.
'˜The game was all over by half-time.
'˜For us it was a case of trying to get what we could out of the game.
'˜In that respect we were a lot better and won the second period four tries to one.
'˜It was a very challenging day for us.
'˜Certainly in the first period we were guilty of dropping off too many first up tackles.'
James Wise, Joe Davis, Scott Morris and Jake Hewitt crossed for Havant tries.
With Havant's new 4G pitch not expected to be ready until late next month they face the difficult challenge of playing all their opening games away from Hooks Lane.
'˜We are facing a real test of character,' said Knight.
'˜The start is tough to take particularly when you consider where we were at the end of last season.
'˜Then we were in a strong position and putting teams away.
'˜We are going through an unprecedented spell of injury and unavailability.
'˜Unfortunately we don't see this getting better at least until the end of the month.
'˜The important thing is that we all pull together and remain positive.
'˜We have to dust ourselves down and be prepared to go again at Brighton in our next game.'
Newly-promotedÂ United Services PortsmouthÂ lost a thrilling London three south westÂ derby 40-33 toÂ Winchester at Burnaby Road.
Southsea NomadsÂ came up against a heavier pack of forwards in their 20-13 Hampshire two defeat at Tottonians III.
Jonathan Branston notched two first-half penalties as Nomads went in 13-6 in arrears at the break.
In the second half man of the match, wing-forward, Alastair Taylor picked up at the back of a scrum to score Nomads try.
Branston converted but another try for the home side condemned the visitors to defeat.