‘Ferocious’ Gosport too good for rivals Havant

Gosport's Sam Foster left celebrates his try with Tim Snowden right  Picture: Paul Jacobs (151898-11)
Gosport's Sam Foster left celebrates his try with Tim Snowden right Picture: Paul Jacobs (151898-11)
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A superb display from Gosport & Fareham saw them inflict a 32-16 defeat on Havant in their much-anticipated London one south local derby at Gosport Park.

The visitors failed to match the aggression and intensity of the home side.

Gosport & Fareham battle with Havant. Picture: Paul Jacobs

Gosport & Fareham battle with Havant. Picture: Paul Jacobs

Delighted Gosport coach Neil McRoberts rated it as the best performance so far this season from his team.

‘It was not just the five-point bonus point win but the whole manner of our performance that was pleasing,’ said McRoberts.

‘We had dominance in key areas and executed our game plan perfectly.

‘Our players showed the intensity necessary to win these types of games with great aggression and physicality in the contact areas.

We had dominance in key areas and executed our game plan perfectly

Neil McRoberts

‘We won the physicality stakes in the forwards and our midfield tackling was ferocious.

‘As a result we turned over a huge amount of their ball and at the same time completely nullified the threat of the Havant backs.

‘Our two wing-forwards, Ben Madigan and Tim Snowden, caused them all sorts of trouble.’

The home side battled hard against the strong wind in the first half.

They trailed 9-5 but with the wind advantage to come that was viewed as a massive success.

Havant were restricted to three long-range Joel Knight penalties, while the home side broke out to score a try seven minutes before the interval.

Wes Dugan produced a precise box-kick for brother Wayne to gather and go over for the try.

The home side took charge at the start of the second half with tries from Sam Foster and Rory Penfold.

Alex Duncombe added both conversions and a penalty to take Gosport into a 22-9 lead.

There was brief resistance from Havant when hooker Jerome Trail scored a solo try converted by Knight but it proved too little too late.

With seven minutes remaining, Kieran McRoberts added the bonus-point try for Gosport.

Duncombe added the icing on the cake with a last-minute penalty.

Havant coach Will Knight regarded it as a shocking defeat.

‘It was an awful performance from us,’ he said.

‘I thought our performance at Brighton was the worst I had seen but we even outdid that in this game.

‘There is a truth in rugby that you play as well as you prepare.

‘This was the case for us because we didn’t prepare properly.

‘Turnout at training in the week was poor and our performance reflected that.

‘This is not to take anything away from Gosport who played an effective game in the conditions.

‘Not too many of our players can come out of it with credit.

‘It shows we still have an awful lot of work to do.’