Knight wants more passion from Havant troops after loss

Simon Burns scored a try for US
Simon Burns scored a try for US
Reuben Knight finds space to run in one of Havant's nine tries. Picture: Neil Marshall (180422-190)

Knight: We’ll be back

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HAVANT’S struggles continued as they slipped to a fifth consecutive London one south defeat.

They were beaten 33-21 at fellow strugglers Haywards Heath.

A lack of confidence is a major issue, believes coach Will Knight.

He said: ‘We seem to be struggling to find any kind of confidence in what we are trying to achieve on the pitch.

‘It is very frustrating for all concerned.

‘At times, we lacked spirit and a degree of intelligence.

‘We can put together some good passages of play but then quickly lose our shape and understanding.

‘The pieces are not fitting together at the moment.

‘All we can do is go back to the drawing board and put in the hard work needed to change things.’

Knight admits a tough battle is ahead, if his side do not find more passion and determination quickly.

He added: ‘We are not panicking yet but we do need to start turning the corner.

‘It is a test of character for us and we need some players to front up.

‘They need to play with a degree of passion and want that has been missing in the last couple of games.’

Havant trailed 21-7 at half-time, with Pete Austin grabbing a try converted by Joel Knight.

In the second half, the visitors added converted scores by Liam Davenport and a penalty try.

But a home try at the death denied them a losing bonus point.

United Services remain on the road to Twickenham after overcoming Surrey division one outfit Croydon 31-7, in the RFU Vase at Burnaby Road.

Even veteran coach Simon Burns got in on the act – scoring Services’ final try after going on as a replacement.

The home side trailed 7-5 at half-time but the introduction of experienced pair Burns and Matt Davis turned the tide.

Gareth Guyll scored Services’ first-half try and the turning point came in the second period when the visitors had a player yellow carded.

Services exploited their numerical advantage to score three quick tries through Luke Osborne, Simon Hill and Gregor Irvine, all converted by Jake Webster.