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Tottonians defeat Trojans to win bragging rights
Tottonians claimed the spoils in a tight London 2 South-West derby at Trojans at the weekend.
But the points could have gone either way in a match that produced little flowing rugby in ideal conditions.
In fact the first 40 minutes had little to offer spectators apart from a Chris Lynch penalty that gave Trojans a 3-0 half-time lead. It also saw Trojans’ wing Tom Stevenson stretchered off with an ankle injury following an accidental clash with Craig Brombey.
However the match, which had more spills than thrills, did spark into life on occasions after the break.
Totts’ Sam Cranton led by example as he brushed aside a series of hard tackles to take the ball into Trojans’ territory.
But the home side were just as determined to claim local bragging rights and they went further ahead when Chris Hamp weaved his way past Totts’ tackles to place down under the posts – making Lynch’s conversion a formality.
Within minutes Totts got on the scoreboard for the first time when Richard Buck weaved his way through the centre before off-loading to Jon Wilton who celebrated his birthday with a try. Robbie Searle converted as Totts moved to within three points.
Dropped balls, mispasses and knock-ons from both sides again featured in a stalemate period before the visitors struck with the winning score.
Number 8 Ali Ramus picked up the ball after Totts turned over a scrum, passed to Searle who cut a line through the defence before feeding Nick Jones to cross in the corner.
Searle made the conversion and followed it up with a late penalty.
Totts coach Gavin Williams said: “That was a dire game of rugby but I am relieved to get the win.”
Trojans’ coach Dean Lewis said: “We performed better than the previous week and are going in the right direction – we just have to cut out the critical errors.”
Winchester moved into mid-table with their first 2SW win over fierce and regulars rivals Weybridge Vandals.
Winch hooker Robbie Arthur was taken to hospital with a bad ankle injury after 11 minutes in an otherwise uneventful start.
Vandals held a 10-7 half-time lead – full back Josh Cutteridge crossing the line and James Falconer converting for Winchester – but the hosts did all the scoring over the next 40 minutes to claim the game 22-10.
Winchester flanker Matt Bhol was yellow-carded for a late tackle as the second half got under way but his teammates held on for ten minutes, Cutteridge making a try-saving tackle in the corner.
The turning-point came with a captain’s try by Winchester No 8 Alex Day, converted by Falconer to make the score 17-10 and, with five minutes to go, Cutteridge ran in his second try.
Gos had three players yellow carded during the match but Portsmouth couldn’t take advantage.
Wayne Dugan got two of Gosport’s tries and others came from prop Jordon McIntyre, wing Gareth Jones, scrum half Wes Dugan and a penalty try.
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