by Richard V Isaacs

Pre-tournament favourites Havant A and Winchester A kicked off their seasons in the Hampshire RFU Colts League with comprehensive home victories in the opening round of fixtures on Sunday.

Winchester A put luckless Gosport and Fareham to the sword, running in eleven tries in a 68-0 success while Havant’s Academy crossed ten times as they defeated Jersey 62-17.

Havant’s flying winger James Hutton helped himself to a hat-trick of tries – and three conversions - and William Owen grabbed a brace as the Hooks Lane side ran clear in the second half of the match.

It was close at the break as Marc Davies, Ben Walker and Archie Duncan went over for the Channel Islanders to keep them within nine points at 26-17 but the home side scored 36 unanswered points.

Sebastian Tyler, Luke Mihell, Oliver McCormick, Tyrone Upton and Tom Mew all added their names to the scoresheet but they will sit second in the table after the first round as Winchester went one better.

Last season’s National Cup quarter-finalists were unstoppable against Gosport and Fareham in their impressive showing as they stretched themselves at the top of the table.

It was much closer at Down Grange where two push-over tries, one in each half, from Trojans’ Joe Wright and Tom Jones was enough to see off Basingstoke 13-3.

Leon Williams slotted a first-half penalty for the hosts before Kai Traynor matched him the second for the visitors.

Ellingham and Ringwood are the early leaders of the Bowl Division following an impressive 51-5 away day success at Portsmouth.

Right winger Scott Hills posted a couple of tries and was joined by seven other scorers – Alex Goodwin, Calum Balfour, Charlie Karelus, Corbin Hills, Harry Wiltshire, Mark Skeates and Matt Lumley – while Will Jenkins slotted three conversions.

Jay Jenner’s try was Portsmouth’s only response in the first half.

Bowl champions New Milton and District are on the winning trail again with a 38-7 victory, mainly courtesy of a star performance from number eight Sami Hattab, who helped himself to four of the Foresters six tries.

Kieran Richards and George Rawlings added the others with Dominic Woodfine hammering home four conversions while Sam Sears converted his own try for the All Blacks.

It was much closer at Water Lane as Tristan Gay’s first half try for Tottonians was all that separated the sides at the break before Josh Raqio, Ben Monk and Pita Koroi added further scores as they defeated Alton 22-0.

Only one game was played in either of the Plate Divisions with Petersfield completing a 17-13 victory at Overton in the North Group.

Tries from Alex Bristow, Chadwell White and James A Thomson was good enough to get past their hosts, who had Matt Smith on the scoresheet with a try and eight points from the boot of Jonny Wahead in response.

Week two of the Hampshire RFU Colts League takes place on Sunday 25th October.

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