The 1st XV made a promising start to their London 1 South clash with Chobham but in a penalty strewn second half crashed to their eighth successive defeat finishing well beaten 12-43 at Gosport Park yesterday writes Brian Seeney.

Gos were trailing 0-7 within four minutes of the start but in the ninth minute a try from the returning Wayne Dugan and Alex Duncombe's kick cancelled that out and on 38 minutes, prop Nathan Titchener went over and they were leading 12-7.

Then came what proved to be a turning point in the match when Gos couldn't keep out the visitors who took a 12-14 lead a minute into time added on.

"I honestly thought we were in with a good shot at 12-7 then we let in that really soft try in the last minute of the half which made it 12-14. Even at that point it (a win) was eminently doable," said Head Coach Barry Bridgman.

"I told the boys at half time that they needed to sharpen up a few things especially our tackling which was quite frankly poor in the first half but even with all that we were well in it.

"I felt if we fixed those things in the second half we could win but it wasn't to be."

With the morale boost of a half time lead gone, it all unravelled for Gos when a yellow card for Titchener four minutes into the half that gave Chobham three points.


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Nathan Titchener scores the second Gos try yesterday. Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Gallery.

Whilst he was gone, Chobham scored their third try in the 51st minute and converted their fourth three minutes later, followed by two more converted tries in the 68th and 82nd minutes.

"We spent the entire second half in our half and I don't remember many ventures into their half," said Bridgman.

"For all the manful striving and for all the effort we put in to come away with no reward is very disappointing to say the least.

"I've said to them they need to get back on the horse because it is not going to go away. We have a difficult game every single week and they need to come training because we won't progress as a team if they don't come training. We need to work together to create a good squad out of this.

"We didn't perform at all in the second half. Our scrum started to go backwards as we got tired and I don't think we are fit enough in general. Some players are OK but in general as a team we are not fit enough

"We gave away a shocking number of penalties - the count against us was appalling and we've got to learn not to give so many away and talk back to the referee because there was too much of that."

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