Right approach was the key as Havant beat Gravesend

Jerome Trail on the charge against Gravesend. Picture by Chris Moorhouse
Jerome Trail on the charge against Gravesend. Picture by Chris Moorhouse
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HAVANT showed exactly the right intensity as they recorded a 42-10 London one south win against Gravesend at Hooks Lane.

The Kent side had no answer as Havant raced in for seven tries for a win that takes them up to third spot.

Senior coach Will Knight was impressed by the focus shown by the players.

He said: ‘We talked during the week about the importance of being as professional as we could in being prepared for the game,’ said Knight.

‘It was all about getting it right mentally.

‘In the past we have been guilty of not being focused enough against teams not at the top end of the league.

‘It is easy to slip up when that happens.

‘We have tried to engender in our squad the importance of approaching every game with the same level of intensity.

‘The players have taken that on board and went about their business in a thoroughly professional manner.’

‘Gravesend showed in some areas that they were capable of being difficult to play against.

‘Our defence, however, was fantastic and we displayed a real cutting edge and precision when we had the ball.’

Havant started the game with a real purpose and winger Harry Carr almost got over for a first-minute try.

He was denied by a foot in touch but a few minutes later centre Scott Morris smashed his way through for a try.

The two sides exchanged penalties but the home side soon extended their lead with a second try.

From a five metre line-out the home forwards drove for the line twice before the ball was moved to midfield.

Ben Brierley went over after picking up at the base of a ruck and Joel Knight added the conversion.

On the stroke of half-time Morris and Carr linked with the latter diving spectacularly in for a try at the corner.

The home side continued to dominate at the start of the second half, with Rob Cuffe and Penioni Tagituimua both scoring tries.

Then Carr chipped ahead and when the ball bounced up Richie Janes snaffled it and ran in at the corner.

And a good break from Tagituimua led to a try by the supporting Joel Knight.

Gravesend scored a consolation try following a line-out.

After missing out on the play-off on the final day of last season Havant are hoping to go one better this time around.

Knight however insists Havant’s focus is on their performances and keeping their levels up.

‘Until we reach the half-way stage just before Christmas the league table can be misleading,’ said the boss.

‘We just need to keep performing and the league table will look after itself.

‘It is all very tight at the top.’