Gosport & Fareham saw off Southampton University Hospitals 41-25 in their first-round Gales Hampshire Cup tie at Gosport Park.
The convincing final scoreline did not tell the whole story.
Last season’s finalists Gosport were locked in a tough battle during a frenetic opening 40 minutes.
The score was 22-22 going into the break.
Gosport led when fly-half Sam Foster kicked to the corner for Josh Whitehead to score a third-minute try.
The Medics hit back with a penalty and, when the home side had full-back David Cleary sin-binned, forged into the lead with a 15th-minute try.
Wes Dugan restored Gosport’s lead with a try but they conceded two more tries.
Mark Wells’ side then levelled through a penalty try and a debut try from colt Nathan Walton.
Gosport turned up the heat in the second half.
Wes Dugan, Gareth Jones and Foster crossed, with impressive colt Tom Lewis kicking two conversions.
Gosport will entertain University of Portsmouth in the quarter-finals scheduled for Saturday, December 1.
Havant moved into the quarter finals with a 38-14 win at Sandown & Shanklin.
‘Even though the result was never in doubt it wasn’t all plain sailing,’ said Havant coach Will Knight.
‘Sandown & Shanklin threw the kitchen sink at us and were competitive at the breakdown and tackle.’
Jarryd Robinson opened Havant’s account against his old club.
Lewis Osborn and debut-making Tyler Anchor adding further tries before half-time.
In the second half Loz Blackburn, Nathan Bellman, who dislocated his shoulder, and Loz Warren-West also crossed for dominant Havant.
Eastleigh will visit Hooks Lane in the next round.
Portsmouth Vets romped to a 50-0 win at Basingstoke Vets in the John Sneezum Hampshire Vets Cup.