Chandler pleased as Portsmouth show ‘no mercy’

RUGBY (SPORT) MRW 24/11/2012 ''Portsmouth V KCS OB'S (in red+yellow+black) at Rugby Camp in terrible wind and rain on a very slippery pitch ''Prop Dan Sargent on a run for a solo try  'Picture: Malcolm Wells (123855-3443)
RUGBY (SPORT) MRW 24/11/2012 ''Portsmouth V KCS OB'S (in red+yellow+black) at Rugby Camp in terrible wind and rain on a very slippery pitch ''Prop Dan Sargent on a run for a solo try 'Picture: Malcolm Wells (123855-3443)

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Portsmouth stormed to a 65-0 London two south west win over KCS OBs at Rugby Camp.

In appalling weather the game had to be moved off the main pitch but that did not stop the hosts as they ran in 10 tries.

It was an impressive performance against a team who recently beat league leaders Sutton & Epsom.

‘Everything came together and this is the performance we have been threatening for six weeks,’ said coach Ian Chandler.

‘Our first-team pitch was underwater and we had to move to the smaller veterans’ pitch.

‘We didn’t allow that to stop us playing our normal expansive game which showed with both backs and forwards scoring tries.

‘Traditionally Portsmouth have been a side that have taken their foot off the pedal once they think a game is won.

‘This time we were far more ruthless and showed KCS OBs no mercy.

‘Once we had our foot on their throats we kept the pressure on.

‘This is something we have been trying to instil in them.

‘It took us a little while because they didn’t roll over and we had to keep going.’

Andy Barnes kicked an early penalty and soon afterwards added the conversion to a Dan Neville try to give the hosts a 10-0 lead.

Midway through the half, number eight Matt Morgan extended the lead with another try before Portsmouth killed off the visitors with a purple patch either side of the interval.

Lee Chandler and Dan Sargent crossed for tries before the break and after the restart Luke Richardson and Sargent, again, added further tries.

Barnes converted all four as Portsmouth stretched into a 43-0 lead.

Further tries by Jason Crabb, Anthony Fooks, Gareth Richards and Richardson, along with another Barnes conversion sealed the rout.

‘Our front five were magnificent, providing us with a great platform,’ said Chandler.

‘It was pleasing to see the team starting to learn lessons and I was equally pleased by the fact that we stopped them from scoring.

‘Our defence, particularly the covering of winger Will Carpenter on their kicks, was outstanding.

‘Will deserves special mention because there isn’t a position in our backs he hasn’t played in.’

The win keeps Portsmouth in touch with the top five and helped get the last-ditch defeat at Sutton & Epsom out of their system.

The Rugby Camp side are still very much in the mix with their promotion ambitions still intact.

It is also a confidence-boosting performance ahead of next week’s RFU Intermediate Cup clash at London two north east outfit Chelmsford.