The 1st XV lost 19-55 to top of the table Camberley in their biggest defeat of the season so far but scored three "extremely good tries" to lift the gloom a little at Gosport Park yesterday writes Brian Seeney.

Trailing 0-17 after only 16 minutes, the game was over for Gos by then and was even farther out of reach by the time of the fourth Camberley try coming on 37 minutes, even though Gos scored their first try four minutes later when centre Dom Holling set up full back Rory Penfold on a great line to the try line with centre Wayne Dugan converting for 7-22 at the break.

It had taken just three minutes for the Gos try line to be breached and after a series of penalties, Gos flanker Tim Snowden, in his last appearance because he is taking a break from rugby, was binned.

The price paid for that binning was heavy. Within a minute Camberley had a penalty try and a third try within four minutes thanks to missed tackles.

Four minutes into the second half Camberley converted their fifth try and had a sixth try on 53 minutes for 7-34.

A brief Gos revival saw Wayne Dugan set up Penfold for his second try (71 minutes) before Dugan went from provider to scorer four minutes later, converting for 19-34.

Then a respectable scoreline against the league leaders became a bigger defeat as Camberley scored three converted tries in the last nine minutes.

"We were beaten by a better side but it was a shame we didn't keep the score under 50 and it was shame we fell short of getting a bonus point after scoring three good tries," said Head Coach Barry Bridgman.

"Our defence is letting us down. One of our problems is we play some rugby for a few minutes and have a good spell but then we have a not very good spell.

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Wayne Dugan scored the third Gos try against Camberley. Photo: Chris Roberts. More pictures in the Photo Gallery now.

"We played better in the second half but it took us too long to wake up and work out what we could do.

"I didn't think it was penalty try and it looks a lot worse to you as player when you are 0-17 after only 16 minutes. When you are chasing the game against the top of the table team with the injuries and unavailabilities we've got, then you know you are struggling.

"Unfortunately we don't have the firepower to bring a game back after that.

"I thought we scrummaged fairly well against what was a big and muscular pack.

"We scored three extremely good tries - the first was an off the training paddock move and it worked a treat which is very pleasing. It was a lovely try.

"I thought Rory (Penfold) had the best game I have seen from him yet - an all round game. He attacked the line when he got a chance and put in some good clearance kicks and didn't try to run everything. Wayne's try was a good one too".

As if losing the game wasn't bad enough, there was the added disappointment of losing Gos prop Dan Gamblin after he returned to action off the bench having just missed three games with a back injury.

Gamblin made the briefest of appearances before dislocating a finger that means a probable eight weeks out whilst second row Louis Bristow was carrying an injured arm at the end.

It was just what Gos didn't need but at least they remain eighth in the London 2 South West table although only two points and two teams separate them from the bottom two places.

One of those teams is Old Tonbridgians who provide next week's opposition at Richmond Park.

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