Havant lift the Cup

Havant secured yet another Hampshire Cup title thanks to a 25-15 victory against Basingstoke.

Basingstoke started brightly and subjected Havant to early pressure but the visitors were deprived of a try in their first attack on seven minutes only because of crossing in the build-up.

They remained on the attack and the pressure eventually created space from which coach and hooker Tom Drewett plunged over for a try that Pucs Ngapaku improved with a superb conversion from wide out and into the wind.

That try was followed by another before the first quarter had ended, an exciting move featuring inter-passing by backs and forwards ending with Drewett providing the scoring pass for Steve Stapleton to dive over in the other corner.

Basingstoke then had a period of ascendancy with a couple of attacking line-outs after penalties had been kicked to the corner.

Ngapaku had a clearance kick charged down following the second of these and the ball was eventually made dead by a colleague.

Resultant play led to Stapleton being yellow-carded and Basingstoke continued to press with the wind at their backs against 14 men but Havant comfortably held them and dominated again as the half went into injury-time.

A superb movement featuring strong running from Richard Buck and Nick Whittle almost brought a third try but Chris Brember slipped and was held before he could score.

Then the resultant scrum saw Havant drive Basingstoke back over their line and Dylan Raubenheimer touch down only for the unsighted referee to disallow the score.

Basingstoke were defending desperately and eventually were forced to concede a penalty that Ngapaku converted which allowed Havant to turn round 15-0 ahead.

That was soon increased by another Ngapaku penalty but, although Havant had most of the play, two breakaways by Basingstoke allowed Glen Lewis to narrow the arrears with a brace of tries.

Injury-time once again had Havant hammering at the home line and another strong run by Buck allowed Neil McGovern to score the third try that Ngapaku improved.

Basingstoke had the last laugh with another breakaway try from Simon Buckland to leave Havant with a deserved 25-15 victory that would have been much greater had they taken all their opportunities.