Weather doesn't dampen young spirits.
By Arthur Rabjohn
Nineteen points for Aidan Jarvis in nine try domination by Ravens.
Despite a torrential downfall immediately before kick-off the spirits of both teams didn't appear dampened the spirits of the U16's playing in this second meeting of the season for these teams. Havant didn't appear to have shaken off the journey though as they allowed Ravens to score off the kick off with Full back Kini Nawai
running in the first of a brace for him on the day. From the restart Havant again failed to stop the attack and centre Tom Ellis
went in for the second try in three minutes. Havant had a long hard talk under the posts and came back firing as the game became more of a contest lead by Havant's No 8 James Penrose who battled for everything. Ollie Sowersby went on a characteristically crashing run to drive his team into the Ravens 22. Havant got their reward and scored two tries in the fifteen minute period that they dominated. Then after a great 5 minute period of continuous play Aidan Jarvis
touchdown for Ravens. With half time approaching Ravens attacked from their 22m and Centre Tom Ellis
put winger Gregor House
away from ten metres in his own half. He hit the gas and went around his opposite number and with a beautiful shape to pass fixed the full back to then beat him on the outside and beat all the covering players to score under the posts. Aidan Jarvis
converted, four from four, in half to give a score of 28-12 to Ravens.
Both sides changed out players with Ravens making twelve changes! They started with a determination to play a more open game and two minutes in Full Back Kini Nawai
scored his second. Seven minutes later Harry Rabjohn
chipped the defence caught his own catch and ran in to score under the posts. Connor Cox
now at Full Back was running everything back at Havant putting them on the back foot and soon Euan Archbold
and Aaron Spiteri
added to the Ravens tally. Havant weren't done and after kicking on pinned Connor just outside his in goal line and drove him over to secure a five meter scrum that resulted in a free kick. Havant 8 took it on then wrestled free to basketball off load to a prop who went in at the corner showing how despite the score line they hadn't given up. Ravens were determined to have the last word and after a counter attack started by Connor he was there to finish it and scramble in for the close out try. Final score 59-17 to Ravens.
Nine tries to Ravens and three to Havant in what people thought was going to be a dire cold wet game. Rugby was the winner today with young men showing their commitment to the game and playing some excellent rugby in the conditions.
Post match Havant recognised Connor Cox
as player of the match and Ravens nominated Havant captain James Penrose.