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Havant
London Cornish
S Morris (3), J Hewett (2), J Wise (2)
Tries
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G Davies (6)
Conversions
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Penalties
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G Davies
Drop Goals
Sat 9 Feb 15:00 - London & SE Division - London South 1 Full time Attendance 350

Hooks Lane thriller as Havant see off Cornish

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In a fabulous game for the spectators Havant secured another five point win and leapfrogged Cornish to seventh place in the league.

In a topsy turvy free running game that was a joy for the impartial spectator Havant and London Cornish served up 89 points and a game that was played end to end for 80 minutes.

It was Cornish that made the better start, opting to play with the wind at their backs, the Londoners were not going to just kick the corners. Keeping the ball alive and constantly pounding the Havant line eventually rewarded them with the opening try and conversion after only 5 minutes.

Havant had a chance to close the gap but Gareth Davies in a rare miss nudged the ball wide. The home side opened their account with a very well taken try. A line out on the 22 was worked across the field, Ben Brierley straightened, and the released the ball for Scott Morris to open his account. Garett Davies adding the extra points.

L1S HRFC London Cornish (W50-39)
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Cornish hit back almost immediately, cutting through the Havant defence and setting up ball under the posts, they then moved it quickly to their left wing for an easy run in and a converted score.

Cornish added a penalty before scoring their 3rd try from close range. A number of drives from the base of the ruck and a switch of play to the blind side opened up the space for the try and a superb touch line conversion. To rub salt in the wound Steve Cruddas was also sent to the bin for an infringement at the ruck.

Having grabbed their second try again through Scott Morris with the clock showing 40 minutes. A promising move looked to have broken down as the ball was passed behind Morris but the big winger went back, gathered and showed real power to break tackles from a standing start and sprint away to score. Again Gareth Davies was accurate off the tee.

Half-time: Havant 14 Londondon Cornish 24

The half-time team talk appeared to have done its magic as Havant came out of the blocks with much greater intent and accuracy.

An early penalty chance was kicked to the corner. A line out and then scrum set up good position and the skipper Jake Hewett took the ball from the base and showed great strength to get over in the corner. Gareth Davies adding the conversion. Showing consistency the referee sent the Cornish blindside to the bin for slowing the ball at the ruck.

Cornish messed up the restart and Havant opted for a scrum. Straight from the base the home side hit the blindside and Ben Chambers picked a great support line to cut open the defence and put Scott Morris away for a run in and his hatrick. Gareth Davies was having a great day from the kicking tee and smashed over another fine conversion.

Havant were now starting to cut loose and from line out ball on the right the forwards drove hard into the midfield before the backs fired the ball across the line for a score by James Wise on the left who showed good feet and speed to finish. Davies added the conversion and Havant extended the lead to 2 scores.

Cornish hit back with a penalty before Wise, not wanting to be outdone by Morris on the other wing, picked up his second. Again showing good strength to force his way over wide on the right.

Havant then lost Scott Bentley to the sin bin and this seemed to spark a change of approach from Cornish. They started to play everything at breakneck speed and it brought rewards. Never allowing the home side to settle they forced Havant deep into their 22 and a great piece of skill to keep the ball alive with a flick over the shoulder saw them score wide on the right and make the last 15 minutes very interesting!

Havant’s Gareth Davies knocked over a drop goal to settle the nerves but Cornish were not going to be denied. They forced the play back into the Havant 22 and after a series of drives bundled over the line. 4 minutes to play and a 4 point game.

In the closing stages Havant really showed their class. Having forced the turnover off the kick off the Havant pack played through a full 16 phases of patient and controlled rugby to run down the clock and edge ever closer to the Cornish line. As the clock went red skipper Jake Hewett capped of a fine personal performance by sniping over at the back of a drive. Davies knocked over the conversion to bring up the 50 and secure all five points.

Havant Head Coach, Will Knight:

“That was a bit a strange game. We really didn’t get going in the first half and then showe great accuracy in the 3rd quarter to pull away before they staged a great fight back. I think the crowd certainly got their money’s worth!”

“There was some great attack but equally a tough defensive display. Wayne Dugan was excellent and must have made 20 plus tackles.”

“Dan Porter showed great work rate and a willingness to carry for the hard yards and I thought our discipline at the end to close out the game was excellent.”

”Cornish are a decent side and showed great spirit in the last 15 - they just kept coming and injected real pace into the game.”

Daniel Porter

Player of the Match

Daniel Porter

Key moments

5:00
Try Try for London Cornish
13:00
Try Scott Morris scores for Havant
14:00
Conversion Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Havant
16:00
Try Try for London Cornish
17:00
Conversion Conversion for London Cornish
24:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for London Cornish
24:00
Try Try for London Cornish
33:00
Try Try for London Cornish
34:00
Conversion Conversion for London Cornish
39:00
Try Scott Morris scores for Havant
40:00
Conversion Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Havant
44:00
Try Jake Hewett scores for Havant
45:00
Conversion Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Havant
47:00
Try Scott Morris scores for Havant
48:00
Conversion Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Havant
53:00
Try James Wise scores for Havant
54:00
Conversion Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Havant
55:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for London Cornish
59:00
Try James Wise scores for Havant
64:00
Try Try for London Cornish
69:00
Drop Goal Gareth Davies scores a drop goal for Havant
76:00
Try Try for London Cornish
77:00
Conversion Conversion for London Cornish
79:00
Try Jake Hewett scores for Havant
80:00
Conversion Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Havant

Videos and photos

L1S HRFC London Cornish (W50-39)
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Highlights

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80:00 Conversion 50 - 42
Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Havant
79:00 Try 48 - 42
Jake Hewett scores for Havant
77:00 Conversion 43 - 42
Conversion for London Cornish
76:00 Try 43 - 40
Try for London Cornish
69:00 Drop Goal 43 - 35
Gareth Davies scores a drop goal for Havant
64:00 Try 40 - 35
Try for London Cornish
62:00 Yellow Card
Scott Bentley is yellow carded for Havant
59:00 Try 40 - 30
James Wise scores for Havant
55:00 Penalty 35 - 30
Penalty kicked for London Cornish
54:00 Conversion 35 - 27
Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Havant
53:00 Try 33 - 27
James Wise scores for Havant
48:00 Conversion 28 - 27
Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Havant
47:00 Try 26 - 27
Scott Morris scores for Havant
45:00 Conversion 21 - 27
Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Havant
44:00 Try 19 - 27
Jake Hewett scores for Havant
43:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for London Cornish
End of period 1
40:00 +44:00 Player of the Match
Daniel Porter is awarded player of the match for Havant
40:00 Conversion 14 - 27
Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Havant
39:00 Try 12 - 27
Scott Morris scores for Havant
34:00 Conversion 7 - 27
Conversion for London Cornish
33:00 Yellow Card
Steve Cruddas is yellow carded for Havant
33:00 Try 7 - 25
Try for London Cornish
24:00 Penalty 7 - 20
Penalty kicked for London Cornish
24:00 Try 7 - 17
Try for London Cornish
17:00 Conversion 7 - 12
Conversion for London Cornish
16:00 Try 7 - 10
Try for London Cornish
14:00 Conversion 7 - 5
Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Havant
13:00 Try 5 - 5
Scott Morris scores for Havant
5:00 Try 0 - 5
Try for London Cornish
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Havant
  • London Cornish
  • 0
  • Try 5:00'
  • Scott Morris Try 13:00'
  • Gareth Davies Conversion 14:00'
  • Try 16:00'
  • Conversion 17:00'
  • Penalty 24:00'
  • Try 24:00'
  • Steve Cruddas Yellow Card 33:00'
  • Try 33:00'
  • Conversion 34:00'
  • Scott Morris Try 39:00'
  • Gareth Davies Conversion 40:00'
  • Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Jake Hewett Try 44:00'
  • Gareth Davies Conversion 45:00'
  • Scott Morris Try 47:00'
  • Gareth Davies Conversion 48:00'
  • James Wise Try 53:00'
  • Gareth Davies Conversion 54:00'
  • Penalty 55:00'
  • James Wise Try 59:00'
  • Scott Bentley Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Try 64:00'
  • Gareth Davies Drop Goal 69:00'
  • Try 76:00'
  • Conversion 77:00'
  • Jake Hewett Try 79:00'
  • Gareth Davies Conversion 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Sevenoaks 26 110
2. Brighton 26 107
3. Camberley 26 106
4. Medway 26 103
5. Thurrock 26 80
6. Havant 26 75
7. Westcombe Park 26 66

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