‘Approach is not right’ as Havant lose

Havant centre James Read
Havant centre James Read
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Havant paid the price for a poor first-half performance as they were well beaten 35-13 at Wimbledon in London one south.

The visitors improved in the second half but, by then, it was far too late to get back into the game.

‘We didn’t approach the start of the game with the right amount of intensity,’ said coach Will Knight.

‘On a dry, hot, sunny day, Wimbledon were far quicker out of the blocks than we were.

‘We dropped off too many first-up tackles and were punished for it.’

Wimbledon opened the scoring with a try inside the opening five minutes, before Joel Knight hit back with a brace of penalties.

The 12 minutes before half-time proved costly for Havant, though, as the home side scored three quick-fire tries to lead 28-6 at the break.

‘As a contest, the game was probably over by the half-way mark,’ admitted Will Knight.

The home side extended their lead at the start of the second period.

But a much-improved Havant hit back with a try of their own.

For the first time in the afternoon the visiting three-quarters were presented with fast ball, enabling them to spread it out wide.

Centre James Read took an excellent line off Joel Knight’s shoulder to power his way over close to the posts. Knight added the conversion.

‘That showed us what we should have been doing much earlier in the game,’ said Will Knight.

‘But it was too little too late.

‘After our performance last week this was very disappointing.

‘But we have won four of our last five league games and feel we have achieved our aims for this season.’

Havant know they will be facing an even tougher league challenge next season.

Will Knight added: ‘This was always going to be a season of consolidation for us and positive steps have been taken.

‘The key is to continue building and keep moving forward.

‘This league certainly isn’t going to get any easier next season.’