A Passionate Hampshire Performance in Horrendous Conditions


After one evening training session, at Havant, the day before the game, Hampshire took on the Professional outfit of The Royal Navy.

Burnaby Road had suffered serious weathering and didn’t take long to turn into a quagmire.


Buoyant with player availability, Lead coach Ian Chandler was pleased with the way the training session had gone and was looking forward to the test of the Royal Navy.


In the first half of the game Hampshire had the upper hand and had the lion’s share of possession, with the Royal Navy finding it hard to fend off the Hampshire onslaught.


An early penalty from the Royal Navy gave them a 3-0 lead. This seemed to kick start the Hampshire side and gel them together.



Led by Captain Wes Dugan (Gosport and Fareham RFC) the forward pack wereshowing their dominance, achieving the upper hand in the first half. After several penalties against the R.N. and a catch and drive from a 10 meter lineout, Joe Tarrant (Bournemouth RFC) burst from a back of the maul and exploded over the try line to open Hampshire’s points tally. Club team mate Alex Sutherland converted the extra 2 for Hampshire to take a 7-3 lead.


The RN were under pressure and a yellow card plus a mistake from the RN wing, gave Wayne Dugan (Gosport and Fareham RFC) a chance to out muscle the RN fullback and touch down from a Greg Sutherland’s (Winchester RFC) cross field kick.12-3 to Hants.




In the last play of the game during a Hants turnover, the RN capitalised with a hack through and the RN centre slid on the ball and was awarded the try, this was converted.


Half Time 12-10 to Hampshire.


The second half saw no let-up in proceedings, however Hampshire could not break down the RN defence. A try against the run of play and 2 penalties saw the Wight Link Bowl awarded to the RN with a final score of Hampshire 12- Royal Navy 23.




A great crowd attended the game and a big thank-you to all involved for making the effort to attend. All 26 players managed to play some part in the game and it bodes well for the forthcoming championship with some exceptional talent.


The championship starts 30th April against Dorset and Wilts 3pm KO at Gosport and Fareham RFC, (Dolphin Crescent Ground)


On behalf of the coaches, I would like to thank all the clubs for their input into what is developing into a competitive squad.


C’mon Hampshire


Best Wishes


Simon Burns

Hampshire XV Team Manager

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