Ellingham and Ringwood colts 19 - Havant 13
An important home win
Our colts started the match against Havant Academy at a high pace. The forwards demonstrated dominance in the scrum again and the backs used this to play some fast rugby with the wind at their backs. At times the ambition did not quite come off and we need to work on execution, but the team entertained a good crowd at Parsonage Barn Lane. It only took 4 minutes before Ellingham scored the games first try with a dazzling switch of play from the left, ending with Adam Kalim
scoring on the right having run around the Havant defence. Zach Leishman converted for the extra two points. Adam was denied a second try a few minutes later with the edge of his boot clipping the whitewash after another strong run. Ellingham & Ringwood continued to threaten Havant’s defence with their attacking play but didn’t quite manage to turn the pressure into points. The forwards then came through with a series of short balls onto hard running lines and David Edmunds
crashed over for a try after 14 minutes. The team continued to play their expansive style of rugby and Sam Harrison
was rewarded with a try after 26 minutes, stepping back inside the scrambling opposition cover. Zach Leishman converted. Havant dug in from the re-start and pressured our defence for the first time. They won a penalty in our 22 and opted to take the 3 points at the end of the half. The second half was all Havant. They played to their strength, predominately mauling and sending their big forwards around the corners of the breakdown. Ellingham didn’t have an answer and the attritional style took it’s toll with both Andrew Rollett
(dead leg) and James Morris (back strain) having to leave the field. Havant scored two tries, mauling down our left flank on the 50th and 60th minute. Ellingham looked to be able to put the game out of reach with the backs attacking the Havant line but we again failed to finish good moves. As a consequence of this the game ended with Havant dominating possession and Ellingham’s defence resolutely refusing to give up the victory. A tight win and a game of two very different halves but a win nonetheless.