Gosport still suffering with travel sickness

Wes Dugan, right, scored a try for Gosport. Picture: Sarah Standing
Wes Dugan, right, scored a try for Gosport. Picture: Sarah Standing
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Gosport & Fareham’s travel sickness continued with another heavy away defeat in London one south.

The Blue and Golds were well-beaten 46-19 at title-chasing Guildford.

They are yet to pick up a point on the road this season.

‘Unfortunately for us, it was all over by half-time,’ said Gosport head coach Neil McRoberts.

‘I know you never concede a game at half-time but the reality is we gave a good side a 35-minute start, because we didn’t start playing until then.

‘We gifted them some cheap tries, purely by missed first-up tackles.

‘What the guys can take away from this is that we played some very good phases once again and scored three good tries against a good side, and caused them a lot of problems when we were going forward.

‘But the reality and the difference between last week and this week was our defending.

‘This week we didn’t defend as well as we needed to.

‘You can’t give teams like Guildford that sort of start and expect to come away with anything.

‘They are a good, well-drilled team with a lot of ball carriers who can attack you from all areas of the park.

‘That being said, when we played our rugby we made them look ordinary and a bit average defensively.

‘But we didn’t do that for long enough periods of the time and we only did it after giving them a huge start.

‘By that time, a team of Guildford’s quality are away from you and it would take a monumental effort to get a win.

‘The guys are remaining positive because we have lost against one of the top sides.

‘I think it was a good performance, overall, with a lot of positives for us to take out of it.

‘But we didn’t maintain the intensity we needed in our defence and that’s what we need to do to – and then open teams up attacking-wise.

‘Despite the fact that we lost again away from home, I thought it was our best performance away by far.’

Wayne Dugan, Kieran McRoberts and Wes Dugan scored tries for Gosport.

Wayne Dugan and Sam Foster added conversions.