Ravens continue to build towards next week's Cup match
- Wednesday, 09 November 2016
In the build-up to their Cup match, the Ravens beat New Milton 36-12.
New Milton opened the scoring with a try that could have been nominated for Samsung Try of the Month if only it had been recorded.
Their No. 8 broke from base of scrum into a good size blind side. Gosport 8, Ed Bell made his tackle but the ball was off loaded to the visitors' scrum half who drew the winger and with great hands offloaded out of the tackle to support.
Harry Rabjohn (pictured) made a covering tackle that looked like a try saver but again in the tackle New Milton offloaded to a supporting runner who went over for the try.
The Ravens knew they had a game on their hands and after several attempts to get moving, finally Ben Wheeler broke free to score but the conversion was missed so it was 5-5 after the first session.
The Ravens came out determined to use their forward strength but the performance was littered with handing errors and they kept giving up possession.
However, this gave them plenty of rucking practice to win it back and they began to dominate. Ethan Hammond and Tom Ellis added tries, both well deserved from their efforts in the back line, with one converted by Harry Rabjohn.
Up front Harry Freeman, Finley Daly and Samuel Rushent were now dominant and the scrum platform gave Ravens most of the possession. Jonathan Lewis showed how important the supporting runner is and it was 17-5 at the next break to Ravens.
Four minutes into the last session Harry Rabjohn danced passed four4 players to break free to score a try which he converted.
Errors again crept into the game and New Milton fought hard for the scraps.
They were rewarded with a try that was converted.
Euan Archbold broke free to gallop up the pitch to cries of "go on Red Rum" from the Team Manager and scored under the posts. The conversion was good.
Ben Wheeler closed out the game with another try after a storming run.
Harry Rabjohn kicking.