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Hampshire duo maintain winning start to season in London 2 South-West
Guildford hold first place but Gos have an unblemished record in second after last weekend’s 26-7 home win over Trojans. Totts are one place behind following the 25-13 defeat of London Cornish.
Tottonians had to come from behind a couple of times before finally taking the fight out of a determined Cornish side.
Totts were 10-3 down when their opponents took advantage of a fortunate bounce to cross the line after earlier replying in kind to a Robbie Searle penalty.
Another three points from Searle’s boot was soon followed by a try from number 8 Ali Ramus from a line-out catch and drive.
A penalty gave the visitors a narrow lead at the break but another three points from Searle just after put them back in front.
Totts were reduced to 14 when Tom Pearson was red carded for striking an opponent in the ruck.
However, the disadvantage in numbers strengthened Totts’ resolve and it looked as if Ben Dolbear had a try to his name after a free run to the line, but Totts had already been awarded a penalty.
Searle split the posts once more from that and later Olly Northover broke through the defence, passed to Ramus who fed Searle. He juggled the ball backwards and Richard Buck picked it up to dot down in the corner.
One last penalty and some dogged defending saw Totts home.
Totts’ coach Gavin Williams said: “Our set piece dominated the game and defensively we were rarely troubled.
“I was very encouraged by the way young players like Mark Simmons have stepped up to senior rugby.”
Gosport’s Tom Lewis scored the only try of the first half against Trojans – converted by Alex Duncombe – as they led 7-0.
But the fullback was yellow-carded after the break as Trojans drew level with a penalty try. With Daniel O’Donohue already in the sin bin the home side were down to 13 players.
But they only had to contend with 14 opponents as a Trojans player joined them.
Scrum half Wes Dugan swung the match in his side’s favour with two quick tries, both converted by Duncombe.
Gos had plenty of time for the fourth try but it was a long time coming as Trojans kept battling and Gos stuttered.
Finally Fijian winger Veiteve Vetaia intercepted and ran half the length of the pitch for the fourth try on 73 minutes.
Winchester arrived at Dulwich with just half-an-hour to spare as they faced Old Alleynians.
But coach Andy Fields reckons it was gone half-time before his side turned up in terms of performance – and that was when they were down to 13 players.
However, according to Winch supporters, it was the referee who really had an off day, with penalties being awarded every two minutes for a large portion of the game.
Winch kept in touch with their opponents – an Angus Adamson try and five points from Jake Hiscock plus a James Falconer conversion keeping them just a point adrift.
But two tries from Alleynians put the home side 25-12 up at the break and Winch were down to 13 with Matt Bhol and Matt Lown both yellow carded.
Winchester survived their period with 13 players and went on to win the second half by two tries to one – Matt Burt and Matt Gibson touching down – but it was not enough to save their day.
Coach Andy Fields said: “I did have a word with the referee after the match but we did not lose because of him – it was because we were shocking for 40 minutes.
“When we did get going it was all too little, too late. Ultimately we got what we deserved.”
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