Chandler happy with ‘fantastic’ Portsmouth

12/11/11  sport''Portsmouth in black/yellow V Cobham, rugby action at Hilsea. Pictured is Portsmouth's Andy Barnes kicking the ball''Picture: Paul Jacobs (114006-1)
12/11/11 sport''Portsmouth in black/yellow V Cobham, rugby action at Hilsea. Pictured is Portsmouth's Andy Barnes kicking the ball''Picture: Paul Jacobs (114006-1)
England's Vickil Cornborough is tackled by Scotland's Karen Dunbar during the Women's Six Nations match at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld. PPP-171108-170224001

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Portsmouth coach Ian Chandler was delighted after his side stormed to a 29-19 London one south win at Beckenham.

‘It was a fantastic performance and one of our best away from home for a long time,’ said Chandler.

‘We put in a powerful, sustained performance and, for once, didn’t take our foot off the gas.

‘Beckenham were put on the back foot from the start and we racked up the points.

‘They had a big, physical pack but our forwards took them on and showed great belief in their ability.

‘Out in the backs, we had the pace and took our chances.’

The Rugby Camp club powered out of the blocks and virtually had the game won by half-time, as they established a 22-0 lead.

Andy Barnes knocked over an early penalty, before debut-making centre Callum Fraser went over for a converted try.

With outside half Dan Neville calling the shots, Steve Gee added another try before Neville himself grabbed the next score.

The home side hit back with a try at the start of the second half.

But Gee soon notched his second try to confirm Portsmouth’s superiority.

Two converted home tries at the death failed to take the gloss off an excellent Portsmouth performance.

‘We still have a number of quality players to come back, which shows our strength in depth,’ said Chandler.

‘There is going to be great competition for places and that augurs well for the second half of the season.

‘I have always maintained that, at full-strength, we are a top-four side in this league.

‘We will be looking to get better and better.’