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Sunday, 1st October 2017

Andover colts 13 - Havant colts 29

Basepoint sponsored Andover in the end came away from this second Hampshire League fixture pointless, but things could have been very different.

The game got off to a dreadful start with Andover spilling the catch from the kick off. Havant cleared up the loose ball, moved it through the hands and were 5-0 up inside 30 seconds.

To their credit, Andover responded very well and used the wind to their advantage to spend long spells deep in the visitors half courtesy of a good kicking game. Again, the All Blacks defence was very impressive, which prevented Havant from making much ground and Havant found it difficult to get into Andover's half.

After a long spell in Havant's half, Andover gifted the visitors a try with a wayward pass that was intercepted on their own 22 and this was returned with a length of the field run for a second score. This was shortly followed by another try when rare missed tackles in midfield allowed Havant to press home their advantage. Both tries were converted.

Andover responded with a quality penalty from distance by new signing Ronan Walker, to keep up their hopes for a comeback. Unfortunately, just before half time, Havant scored a fourth try. This time it was well deserved, with a series of midfield carries, which eventually created the space for the score.

With a 26-3 halftime score and the wind against them things looked ominous but the All Blacks came out all guns blazing and totally dominated the second half. Spending much of the half in the oppositions 22, time and time again they tested the defence with a series of pick and go's and dominant scrums, but despite crossing the whitewash on several occasions they struggled to score.

A yellow card for repeated offences for Havant proved the turning point and eventually Andover managed to secure some points through a penalty for Walker and shortly afterwards a try and conversion followed to take his individual tally for the day to 13 points.

Towards the end of the half, Havant managed a penalty of their own to make the final score 29-13.

This was a game that could have gone either way and Andover should take great credit for a fantastic second half performance and tenacity throughout the game. Tightening up a few sloppy errors and getting their backs line going should see them reaping more rewards in future fixtures.Andover colts 13 - Havant colts 29

Basepoint sponsored Andover in the end came away from this second Hampshire League fixture pointless, but things could have been very different.

The game got off to a dreadful start with Andover spilling the catch from the kick off. Havant cleared up the loose ball, moved it through the hands and were 5-0 up inside 30 seconds.

To their credit, Andover responded very well and used the wind to their advantage to spend long spells deep in the visitors half courtesy of a good kicking game. Again, the All Blacks defence was very impressive, which prevented Havant from making much ground and Havant found it difficult to get into Andover's half.

After a long spell in Havant's half, Andover gifted the visitors a try with a wayward pass that was intercepted on their own 22 and this was returned with a length of the field run for a second score. This was shortly followed by another try when rare missed tackles in midfield allowed Havant to press home their advantage. Both tries were converted.

Andover responded with a quality penalty from distance by new signing Ronan Walker, to keep up their hopes for a comeback. Unfortunately, just before half time, Havant scored a fourth try. This time it was well deserved, with a series of midfield carries, which eventually created the space for the score.

With a 26-3 halftime score and the wind against them things looked ominous but the All Blacks came out all guns blazing and totally dominated the second half. Spending much of the half in the oppositions 22, time and time again they tested the defence with a series of pick and go's and dominant scrums, but despite crossing the whitewash on several occasions they struggled to score.

A yellow card for repeated offences for Havant proved the turning point and eventually Andover managed to secure some points through a penalty for Walker and shortly afterwards a try and conversion followed to take his individual tally for the day to 13 points.

Towards the end of the half, Havant managed a penalty of their own to make the final score 29-13.

This was a game that could have gone either way and Andover should take great credit for a fantastic second half performance and tenacity throughout the game. Tightening up a few sloppy errors and getting their backs line going should see them reaping more rewards in future fixtures.

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