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Your News Havant 13 - Rosslyn Park 18

As the final whistle blew, I looked at the posts at the far end of the pitch, and their rustiness was a perfect metaphor for Parks performance today. Without a match since 20/12/08, Park looked out of sorts despite their endeavours and Havant made things very difficult with their 80 minute performance.

The home side put Park under pressure immediately with a neat chip ahead and winger John Swords was forced to concede a 5 metre scrum, from which over eagerness led to a penalty when the Park backs strayed offside. Gerard Boshoff made no mistake and Park were three points adrift

In the 6th minute Nick Canty looked to be away and clear but was brought back for a forward pass, but Park through several phases got to within a couple of metres of the line, only to have the compliment returned when the Havant backs coughed up a mirror image penalty chance that Dylan Pugh couldnt miss.

In the 17th minute Rob Jewell broke away for Park, an outside pass to Swords and back inside to Chris Simmons, but the referee disallowed the try for a knock on in the process of grounding the ball.

Three minutes later Alex Cadwallader made a clean break, and an interchange with Simmons saw the former go in to stretch the lead to 3-8 but the wind was too much for Pughs attempted conversion.

Park were in again when they were awarded a scrum on the 22, Rob Jewell and John Swords combined to put Graham Corrin away and the blindside scampered over but Pugh again could make nothing of the conversion.

The chip ahead caused Park more problems just before the break, Havant got to a metre from the line and the ball was recycled to the blindside where Park were caught short of numbers and 2nd row Nick Morris went over in the corner.

10-13 at the break was about right, but Park had the benefit of the wind in the second half, which ought to have paid dividends, but Havants kicking was more streetwise whilst Park failed to produce for the most part the expected territorial advantage and points.

Three minutes into the second half Simmonds was tantalising close to being in for a try

but just couldnt hang on the pass at pace, but in the 6th minute prop Nick Huggett was put away, a desperate last ditch tackle saving the day from whence Park were held up over the line. From the 5 metre scrum, Rob Jewell had the pace to burst thro and score despite the attention of several defenders.

At 10-18, another try would give Park the bonus point, but the harder they tried, the sterner Havants defence became. The aerial ping pong that ensued largely benefited the home team who seemed to kick better into the wind than Park with it, and the ball was often returned with interest, and as a result of one such exchange Park were penalised for holding on and Barhoff made no mistake to reduce the arrears to 5 pts at 13-18

Park had two excellent chances to score in the last 20 minutes, the first chance in the 23rd minute when they got to 5 metres out with an excellent drilled penalty by Pugh, but from the lineout lost the ball in the tackle., and in the 30th minute Simmons was oh so close but in a frantic couple of minutes Park lost the ball in contact and then conceded a penalty.

A last hurrah from Havant came to naught and Park had won, but without the important bonus point. Havant deserved they point they got for their untiring efforts, well marshalled by their captain Tom Wells, a former Park player.


Simmons Swords Cadwallader Jewell(Capt) Canty/Mahony Pugh Barr Charlton Tauialo/Ritchie/Frazier/Tauialo Huggett Harris Corrin/Gates Anayi Underwood

Subs not used


Park Scorers

Cadwallader T Corrin T Jewell T Pugh P

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