New winger Harry Carr made an instant impact with a hat-trick of tries as Havant stormed to a 46-21 London one south win over Twickenham at Hooks Lane.
Carr, making his first start since joining the club during the summer, showed his class as the home side blew Twickenham away with a powerful performance.
The confident youngster informed head coach Will Knight before the game that he would do well.
‘Harry predicted he would get a hat-trick of tries before we started and proved true to his word,’ said Knight.
‘He showed that he is a silky runner and possesses real gas.
‘Not only that, he possesses great football skills and reads the game well.’
Will KnightHarry predicted he would get a hat-trick of tries before we started and proved true to his word
The contribution of Carr was only part of an impressive team performance which more than made up for the poor showing at Medway.
It was particularly pleasing because the home side lost three first-choice players to injury 48 hours before the game.
The fact that Havant could cope with a situation like that shows the increased strength in depth that Knight has suggested the club possess this season.
The home side conceded a converted try early on.
But they produced a very strong recovery after that initial disappointment to lead 19-7 lead by half-time.
Ed Wilks got the ball rolling, beating two defenders after good work from Loz Blackburn and Gav Hart to score a try.
Carr then grabbed the first of his three tries to take the home side in front.
The move started inside Havant’s own twenty-two and when Joel Knight sent a grubber kick through, Carr scooped the ball up and sprinted home.
Carr quickly added his second try with a great piece of individual skill, deftly gathering his own chip ahead to run around under the posts.
Havant maintained their superiority at the start of the second period with Joel Knight adding a penalty and a try early on.
The home side continued to steamroller the visitors with powerful winger Ben Brierley scoring two further tries before Carr completed his hat-trick.
The winger ran a lovely line to take an inside pass off the shoulder of Blackburn and sprint away from the cover defence.
Twickenham rallied with a couple of late tries.
But by that time Havant had already got the five-point bonus-point win in their pocket.
‘We are very pleased with the start we have made and feel that we have pushed on from last season,’ said Will Knight.
‘Our experience in this game shows that we have players who can step up and be very effective.’