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Havant RFC
London Cornish RFC

Havant finish on a high

By Rugby Reporter

Havant closed their London 1 South Campaign with a 9 try thrashing of London Cornish

Havant started their last home game more in hope than expectation that Medway would slip up. What was clear was that they couldn’t afford to drop points against London Cornish and then find out that Gravesend had done the job for them.

In the end it was immaterial as Medway got the win they needed – but Havant produced a thrilling end of the season for the Hooks Lane faithful who packed the stand.

It looked like the visitors may not have read the script when they came out of the blocks hard and were soon ahead by a converted score through their right wi

Havant hit back with a typical Scott Morris try after the big centre shrugged off a tackle in midfield and sprinted away for a score converted by Joel Knight.

Cornish scored again immediately. Havant failed to field the restart and a missed tackle allowed the visitors to power over. A penalty for not releasing extended the gap on the scoreboard.

Havant made their job harder when Jerome Trail was sent to the sin bin for use of the elbow as he was being held on the floor. But the 10 minutes he was off the field didn’t prove costly as Havant managed to add two more scores.

Havant were able to regain the lead after a powerful burst by Ben Brierley and a well-timed pass put Richie Janes in under the post. Knight again adding the conversion.

Cornish knocked over another penalty before Harrison Young crashed over from close range for another converted score.

Havant were starting to enjoy the better of the physical exchanges and two penalties to Joel Knight were evidence of the pressure that the pack were putting on the opposition. It was from good Havant pressure that the next Cornish try came. The home side appeared to be building a good attack but an

ambitious pass out was intercepted by the Cornish winger who ran in for a good solo effort.

Havant settled the supporter’s nerves with another score just before half time. Fly-half Reuben Knight went through the gap and offloaded to Tristan Trehan who was too fast and strong for the Cornish cover. Knight added another conversion.

Half-time: Havant 34 London Cornish 23

Cornish were straight back on the offensive at the start of the second period and were rewarded for good driving play with a score for their lock forward as he picked and drove over from a ruck.

This was the last try for Cornish as the home side went through the gears and really put the visitors to the sword for the remaining 30 minutes. Joel Knight added a penalty before Tristan Trehan went over for his second of the afternoon as he benefitted again from great hands by fly-half Reuben Knight

The next score was a result of a fantastic bit of skill by skipper Joel Knight he picked up a pass on his toes going at full tilt and got behind the defence before offloading to Nick Benjamin in support for a try under the posts. Knight again added the extras.

Man of the match Reuben Knight was next to score showing good pace to outsprint the Cornish defence.

Havant were now rampant and Cornish had no answer as the waves of attack kept coming. Mitch Goldring showed great feet and pace as he sprinted in for a converted score before Wayne John scored a fabulous scrum-half’s try as he dummied the defence at the base of a ruck a shot through the gap.

Coach Will Knight was full of praise for his team,

“I couldn’t ask for more than that – we did what we could but obviously Medway also did what they had to. We have had a good season and developed on many fronts.”

“Ultimately there is sense of disappointment because we set out to gain promotion this year, but this a very tough league.”

“We will look back at games earlier in the season and know that we had enough in the locker to do the job – but it hasn’t happened this year.”

“Today the team were magnificent, we started slowly and there were a lot of very tired and battered bodies out there.”

“Some of the play was magnificent, I thought the half backs were excellent and the platform from the pack meant that Reub was able to pull the strings a bit and put players in space and the support play was excellent.”

“We will reflect on the season and the planning for next year is already starting but a huge well done must go to the players today and for the season. They are a special group.”

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