Havant earn bonus point in narrow win over Dover

Dave Sweeney Picture: Mick Young
Dave Sweeney Picture: Mick Young
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Havant consolidated 
their top-six spot with an exciting 26-23 London one south win over Dover at Hooks Lane.

The home side scored four tries to pick up the bonus point in a roller-coaster affair.

Will Knight was pleesed with the result but knows his team have played better.

‘It was a good, workmanlike result without being at our best,’ said the head coach.

‘For the neutral it was an entertaining affair but we know that we can defend better.

‘Some of our defence was a bit loose and that was uncharacteristic of us.’

The visitors, still in danger of being dragged into the relegation dogfight, looked determined from the start.

A penalty and a try took Dover into an early eight point lead before Havant hit back.

Inside centre George Sutton opened the home side’s account with a good individual try, slicing his way through from the opposition twenty-two.

Dover, though, were lively and stretched their lead with a second try when their left winger sprinted in.

The action continued with scrum-half Jake Hewitt crossing for a try after good work from Dave Sweeney, with Ed Wilks adding the conversion.

Both teams added further tries before the break, Hewitt claiming his second to see Havant lead 19-18 at half-time.

The visitors had a player yellow-carded at the start of the second half and Havant soon exploited their numerical advantage.

Sweeney was again the architect with some lovely footwork taking him past a couple of defenders before offloading to Sutton for an easy run-in.

Dover refused to give up and the rest of the half developed into an even battle between the two sides.

The visitors grabbed their final try close to the end when the ball squirmed out of a scrum five metres from the Havant line.

‘In league rugby it is sometimes all about picking up points when you are not at your best,’ said Knight.

‘When that happens you have to take them and we did just that.’