Chasing Chobham in vain from first to last
- Sunday, 19 February 2017
The 1st XV conceded early points at Chobham yesterday and from then on were chasing the game in vain as they lost 52-5 for their 19th defeat in 20 starts this season writes Brian Seeney.
Gos conceded the first of eight tries after just one minute and 44 seconds - not quite the fastest against them this season because that 'honour' remains with Havant who were only 37 seconds in when they scored in the 77-5 loss back in mid-September.
In the ninth minute Gos conceded another seven points but then hit back with their only score of the day through centre Wayne Dugan who finished off a flowing backs move.
By half-time the game was long gone as the home side scored converted tries in the 20th and 43 minutes for 28-5 at the break after shutting Chobham out when wing Alan Bodel was binned and holding the opposition up over the try line in first half over time.
The second half began with a Chobham sin bin and they had to wait until back to 15 for their remaining converted tries which came in the 63rd minute when no. 7 Will Larkin was binned, then in the 70th, 76th and 81st minutes.
"We had a spell in the first half where we let in two early tries in quick succession and at the end when we let in three tries in 11 minutes and although the boys were still trying we were just too tired to stop the scores," admitted Head Coach Barry Bridgman.
Try time for Wayne Dugan in the defeat at Chobham. Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Gallery later.
"We were chasing the game from the first couple of minutes when we let in the first score which was a really soft score and shouldn't have been. We only had ourselves to blame.
"It wasn't what we wanted and certainly what we needed. We needed to build up some confidence in that first 20 minutes and be in with a shout and by then we weren't in with a shout at all.
"Possession was massively in their favour from every phase of the game and they could have exploited us far more than they did.
"I don't think they were good enough to beat us by the 80 or 90 we have had off a couple of clubs this season. If they had carried on carving us up in the forwards and releasing their backs we would have lost a few more scores.
"We were defending well in patches again and kept scores out.
"We were going backwards in the scrum giving away probably 20 stone in the pack because they were a lot bigger than us.
"They carried extremely well and extremely effectively in the first half, particularly in the forwards.
"We were stemming the tide a lot of the time and tackling and that makes you tired."
Gos take a break from league action next Saturday when Havant come to Gosport Park in the semi-final of the Hampshire Cup (2pm kick off).