Coach insists heavy defeat was harsh on Gosport & Fareham

Inia Qiolevu scores for Fareham Heathens. Picture: Mick Young (151344-11)
Inia Qiolevu scores for Fareham Heathens. Picture: Mick Young (151344-11)
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Gosport & Fareham coach Neil McRoberts insists his side’s 40-17 defeat at Sidcup in London one south flattered their hosts.

‘The Sidcup chairman admitted he had never seen a game where the final score didn’t reflect the play so much,’ said McRoberts.

‘We played well and took charge from the start.

‘Unfortunately, we switched off for a five-minute period before half-time and Sidcup scored three tries.

‘That finished it for us. It was disappointing we couldn’t quite get a fourth try for the bonus point.

‘We camped on their five-metre line for the final 15 minutes but it just wouldn’t come.

‘The number of infringements the official let go unpunished was disappointing.

‘There should have been yellow cards and even a penalty try.

‘After this, though, we feel we can move forward with confidence.’

New Zealander Levi Hui Hui went over for a Gosport try after only four minutes before Sidcup hit back to lead 28-5 at the break.

In the second half, Gosport scored further tries through prop-forward Justin Powell and debut-making winger Darren Pankhurst, while Sam Foster kicked a conversion.

Late changes did not stop Fareham Heathens getting off the mark in Hampshire one with a 38-14 win over Petersfield at Cams Alders.

‘I am surprised we dominated as much as we did after the disruption,’ said coach Bernie Rhodes.

‘I didn’t think we played our best but it was a good all-round team performance.’

Fijian Inia Qiolevu and winger Rob Brown scored inside the first 18 minutes.

Cam Guthrie added a conversion before Petersfield hit back on the stroke of half-time.

After the break, Heathens added tries through Johnny Stoppard, Tom McPherson, Steve Devoy and Dan Lee.

Locks Heath Pumas lost 39-0 defeat at Sandown & Shanklin in Hampshire two.