Barnes storms to treble in Portsmouth win

Curtis Barnes. Picture: Mick Young (151341-08)
Curtis Barnes. Picture: Mick Young (151341-08)
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

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Portsmouth got back to winning ways in London south west two with a convincing 48-23 win over Weybridge Vandals at Rugby Camp.

Curtis Barnes notched a second-half hat-trick as the home side pulled away with the wind behind them.

Greg Hoolihan celebrated his 200th league appearance for the club by finishing off a catch-and-drive from a line-out in the first half.

Earlier Luke Simmons had opened Portsmouth’s account.

‘This was a good win and I am pleased with the way the team played,’ said player-coach Ben Dudley.

‘In the second half we were able to open up and show some of the quality we are capable of.

‘It is good to get back to winning ways and we must look to keep that going in the two games before Christmas.

‘We are in seventh place but only one point behind the third-placed team.’

United Services piled more misery on London south west three basement side Purley John Fisher with an 87-0 win at Burnaby Road.

Services are now one point ahead of Camberley at the top of the table.

The hapless visitors arrived late and were 35-0 down after 20 minutes.

Services had amassed 63 points by the break and kicked on afterwards.

Petersfield and Farnborough slugged out a rare 0-0 draw in Hampshire one at Penns Place.

Southsea Nomads suffered a narrow 12-11 Hampshire two defeat at Southampton.

Despite experiencing a seventh loss of the season, Nomads captain Ben Horrod believes his squad is getting stronger every game.

‘It was a better performance and for the first time this season we played for the full 80 minutes,’ he said.

‘We just lacked the clinical edge to finish off some great phases and moves.

‘This will come and when it does we will rip teams apart.

‘Despite the result the lads can hold their heads up high after taking a bonus point from a very difficult fixture.

‘Several players stepped up but for me debut-making Luke Scarratt was outstanding.’