- Sunday, 26 February 2017
The 1st XV's hopes of reaching the Hampshire Cup Final were blown away by Havant at windy Gosport Park yesterday in a six try semi-final second half blitz that brought the visitors a convincing 13-52 victory writes Brian Seeney.
Playing with the strong wind behind them, Gos lead thanks to the boot of centre Wayne Dugan who looked confident kicking penalties after just four and six minutes .
But Havant's first foray into the Gos half brought them their first converted try and their second attack three minutes later brought their second try although Gos supporters on the far side of the pitch say the scorer clearly had a foot in touch.
No. 8 Tim Snowden crossed for Gos in the 36th minute, Dugan converting, but it was obvious that 13-12 at the break with the wind was never going to be enough playing against the wind and so it proved.
Havant showed the form that has taken them to second place and a likely promotion play-off spot in London 1 South.
The gulf between second and bottom of the league where Gos sit clearly showed after the break as Havant ran in tries in the 41st, 44th, 48th, 59th, 65th (penalty try) and 74th minutes - all converted except for the first of these.
"I thought the first half was quite good," said Gos Head Coach Barry Bridgman.
"We spoke about playing the conditions and I think we played them reasonably well.
"We could have kicked for territory a few more times but generally we played quite well.
"I think it helped to get the two early penalties and the try not long before half time and then to turn around 13-12.
Try time for Tim Snowden who gave Gos a half-time lead yesterday. Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Gallery shortly.
"We tackled well - mostly - when there were glimpses of what Havant could do if we let them.
"Unfortunately we lost that very early first score in the second half and then we did the 'three tries in 15 minutes scenario'.
"That was game gone because there was no way we were going to come back from that and to be fair we played very little of it in their half in the second half.
"Havant didn't kick a lot for territory because they didn't need to because they had good enough runners.
"I think we should have scored twice in the second half and we butchered both chances so it was disappointing that we didn't get another 10 points at least.
"They got two tries that weren't tries but they are on the scoreboard and there is nothing we can do about that.
"We went well in the scrum in the first half but Havant changed their prop and that stopped in the second half. Then I had to make changes and we lost our shape.
"Overall I was pleased with a few of the performances but we let ourselves down with tackles at times.
"But I think we tackled on a consistent basis more than we have in most of our previous games and certainly better than we did against Chobham.
"If we had played like that at Chobham we wouldn't have lost by anywhere near as many points and might not have even lost."