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Your News Wimbledon 33 - Havant 13

This wasnít one of Wimbledonís greatest games, although they scored some nice tries and there were numerous good individual performances, most notably from scrum-half Tommy Moore, prop Joey Nanai and no.10 Neil Hallett, who also gave an impeccable display of kicking. The battle between wing Leon Driscoll and his opposite number (well won by Driscoll) made good viewing too.

When Wimbledonís pack won a Havant scrum just four minutes in and no.8 Olly Rupar scored after a good break by Moore, it looked as though the home team were in for an easy afternoon. But the visitors came back strongly and Ė aided by some shoddy Wimbledon tackling, plus lots of silly errors and a string of penalties against them - kept Dons in their own half for the next twenty minutes. During that time Havantís Joel Knight landed two good penalties.

At last though, Dons stretched their lead through a fine try by Hallett, helped by a clever dummy run by hooker Dave Roberts. Hallettís second successful conversion was a formality. Then, with five minutes of the half remaining, fullback Myles Stringer touched down for two excellent tries in the corner, with Driscoll playing a vital part in both. Hallettís two conversions brought the half-time score to 28-6.

With the game becoming increasingly scrappy, not helped by some lax refereeing at the rucks and mauls, it was fifteen minutes before Dons scored again, this time through prop Pete Wallace, who took full advantage of a messy lineout to barge through Havantís disorganised defence. Halletís conversion from out wide made it five out of five for him.

The Wimbledon players then seemed to lose interest for the rest of the game, along with most of the supporters, and let Havantís Grant Morris in under the posts for a well taken try, converted by Knight.

It wasnít pretty, but it was a convincing enough win. Wimbledon however will need to produce a sharper performance away next week if they hope to complete a win-double over third-placed Basingstoke.

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