Unbeaten Locks clinch title in style

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Locks Heath Pumas clinched the Hampshire two title with a resounding 43-8 home win over Ventnor on Saturday.

Jim Pearce believes the Pumas have come on in leaps and bounds this season and are ready to compete at a higher level.

‘The smiles at the end of the game said it all,’ said the head coach.

‘This is about the whole club not just those involved in this game.

‘It shows how far we have come and a lot of that is down to the ethos running through our club.

‘We not only won but did it in the style we wanted.’

Harry Cripps and Tom Chance went over for tries in the opening 10 minutes with Nick Di Stefano adding a conversion.

Di Stefano converted another try from Gavin Hart before half-time.

After the break Pumas stretched away with further tries from Stuart Forbes, who crossed the whitewash twice, Di Stefano and a second for Cripps.

Southsea Nomads claimed a second win of the season by beating Aldershot & Fleet 36-31 at Furze Lane.

United Services ended their unbeaten Hampshire one campaign with a 49-21 win at Bognor.

Services director of rugby Matt Davis believes they have set a new record.

‘We have won all 17 games, picking up maximum bonus points in every single one,’ he said.

‘I don’t think any other team has ever managed to do that.’

Services had to work hard for the win and early in the second half they trailed 21-7 to their Sussex hosts.

Luke Peters grabbed a brace of tries with Ross Fairburn, Gareth Guyll, Tom Blewitt, Steve Gee and Liam Geoghegan also crossing the line.

Ben Smith added five conversions.

Fareham Heathens took the derby bragging rights by beating Petersfield 29-22 at Penns Place.

A depleted Gosport & Fareham side crashed to their heaviest London one south defeat of the season against Brighton at a wind-swept Waterhall Road.

Scrum-half Wes Dugan grabbed both of the visitors’ tries with Tom Lewis adding a conversion.