‘Brutal’ session pays off for Gos

Sammy Speight breaks the gain line for Gosport & Fareham. Picture: Paul Jacobs (102962-8)
Sammy Speight breaks the gain line for Gosport & Fareham. Picture: Paul Jacobs (102962-8)
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Gosport & Fareham have nothing to fear from the big boys as they thumped National League Havant 39-7 in their Hampshire Cup semi-final at Gosport Park on Saturday.

The victory sets up a repeat of last season’s final against Basingstoke at Down Grange at the end of April.

On this form, Gosport & Fareham will fancy their chances of defending the title they won last term.

With promotion also on the cards, Mark Wells’ side are on a real high.

And the head coach reckons his men have nothing to fear if they make the jump to London one south next season.

His team totally outplayed Havant, who only managed a consolation try in the final three minutes.

By that time the home side had racked up five tries of their own, with outside-half Alex Duncombe adding four conversions and two penalties.

Wells revealed the secret to his side’s stunning performance was a physical training session last week.

‘Our training in midweek was brutal,’ said Wells.

‘It left one player ruled out for the rest of the season and another on crutches.

‘You can’t do those sessions all the time because they can be costly but it was important to do it ahead of taking on Havant.

‘After losing last week’s important league game against Wimbledon, it was vital we put in an improved performance.

‘We dealt with it well, played some good rugby and were the better side in every aspect of the game, apart from maybe the scrummage.’

The home side got off to a dream start when winger Gareth Jones crossed over for a try in the first minute – with Havant yet to touch the ball.

Duncombe added the extras and Gosport & Fareham never looked back. Midway through the half, full-back Andy Vance ran 60 metres for a try to extend the hosts’ lead.

Despite having skipper Tim Snowden yellow carded, they added two more converted tries through Wes Dugan and Sammy Speight before half-time.

Their dominance continued after the interval, too, as Duncombe knocked over two penalties and converted a Snowden try.

‘You have to feel for Havant because they are not in a great place at the moment,’ said Wells.

‘We have been there and know what it is like.

‘I have a lot respect for Havant and people like Mick Chalk and Will Knight.

‘They will turn it around but it might take a bit of time.

‘Our focus now is to make sure we get promoted.’